The post-match reaction to Manchester United’s downing of Burnley this evening has seen one player in particular widely singled out for praise.
Ronaldo amongst the goals
Ralf Rangnick’s outfit were of course back in action a short time ago.
On the back of a hugely disappointing stalemate with Newcastle on Monday, the Red Devils welcomed Burnley to Old Trafford, eyeing a swift return to winning ways.
And, to their credit, when all was said and done, secure all three points is precisely what United managed.
Though far from a vintage performance on the whole, an explosive opening 35 minutes ultimately proved enough to guide the hosts to all three points, by means of a 3-1 triumph.
The ever-involved Scott McTominay opened the scoring on the day, before Jadon Sancho’s deflected effort just shy of the half-hour mark was followed up by a customary Cristiano Ronaldo strike a short time later.
That’s more like it from Jadon Sancho! 🔴
It’s been a tough start to life at Manchester United for the talented young Englishman but that’s a classy finish to double the lead 👏 pic.twitter.com/xKQ0ZI5LAj
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) December 30, 2021
Aaron Lennon did manage to pull one back for visitors Burnley shortly before the interval, but, in the end, it proved too little, too late.
‘Take a bow’
In turn, on the back of a largely comfortable evening’s work for their side coming to an end, it would have been easy to assume that Manchester United’s supporters would be quick to single a whole host of the club’s stars out for praise.
This, however, has in fact since proven far from the case.
Instead, only a select few have been on the receiving end of plaudits for their individual displays, amongst them the likes of Luke Shaw and Edinson Cavani.
But no other has come even close to the level of praise received by the superb Scott McTominay.
Scottish international McTominay ran the show from his berth in the middle of the park tonight, linking defence to attack, throwing himself into challenges with trademark gusto, and even chipping in with the game’s opening goal.
The 25-year-old, as a result, has been widely labelled as Man of the Match, with just some of the social media reaction to McTominay’s latest display showcased below:
McTominay for Man of the Match. Terrific performance tonight.#bbcfootball
— Nick Rodely (@NickRodely) December 30, 2021
We probably would’ve lost this game if it wasn’t for McTominay. What a performance.
— Lucky Luciano (@88jones_) December 30, 2021
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) December 30, 2021
McTominay’s had a blinder in the middle of the park tonight #MUFC
— Andy Clews (@AndyClewsssss) December 30, 2021
Tell you what Mctominay looks a different player under Ralph #MUFC
— Tom Walton (@Tomw0892) December 30, 2021
— ELRojo (@elriopurnomo) December 30, 2021
Take a Bow, Scott McTominay👏🏽👏🏽
— Anthony Schwartz (@TheRealF1ash) December 30, 2021
Scott McTominay was flawless today, defensively but more surprising offensively. Felt he was involved in everything, arguably one of his best performances in a United shirt. There’s a well rounded midfielder within him, needs unlocking.
— ManUnitedMedia (@ManUnitedMedia) December 30, 2021
Scott “Kroos” McTominay
— Soso 🌟🌟🇸🇩 (@Mr_Soso69) December 30, 2021
Player ratings 👀
Do you agree?👀
— Harrish | DotMan Fan Account (@Harrishspeaks) December 30, 2021
I’m seeing a lot of McTominay.
— Stretford Paddock (@StretfordPaddck) December 30, 2021
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