Scott McTominay became the talk of Old Trafford after netting two crucial goals against Brentford, moments after being subbed on.
McTominay, who entered the fray in the 87th minute with United trailing 1-0 and on the brink of a third straight loss for the first time since 1962, turned the tables with a dramatic injury-time brace.
He recalls the charged atmosphere and his manager’s last-minute advice before he stepped onto the pitch.
Unable to grasp Erik ten Hag’s instructions amidst the deafening cheers, McTominay recounted to Premier League Productions, “It was very loud, the fans were roaring us on so I couldn’t hear fully. He probably said something like: ‘Go on and score,’ which is what I did.”
When probed about his brief to McTominay, Ten Hag humorously remarked, “I told him to score two goals.”
For McTominay, the exhilarating turnaround didn’t just secure three points for his team but also etched a cherished memory.
“That might be one of my favourite moments on a football pitch. Two goals at the death was incredible, but I am just happy to be able to contribute and show people that I can do it,” the midfielder reflected.
Stressing the resilience embedded in United’s DNA, McTominay continued, “Everyone knows we are in a difficult period at the minute, but we have fighters in the group that want to keep going right until the end. It could have been anyone on that pitch scoring the two goals. Really pleased and hopefully we can build on that from here.”
Drawing from his lifelong association with the club, McTominay concluded, “Just never give up no matter the situation. At this football club it is demanded that you never throw the towel in, for me I have been brought up here since I was five, I know that better than anyone.”