Manchester United knocks Aston Villa out of FA Cup, McTominay shines


Scott McTominay

By Valentine Amanze

Manchester United’s Scott McTominay on Monday night aided his club’s quest for the FA Cup glory with a goal that knocked Aston Villa out of the competition at Old Trafford.

He grabbed the day following his header of a precise cross from Fred in the eighth minite.

Besides, Manchester United needed help from VAR to keep the 1-0 lead, as Villa had a pair of goals taken off the board and arguably was the better team at Old Trafford only in the second half.

Trilled by McTominay’s form, the club’s manager, Ralf Rangnick, said: “He is an academy boy, his energy is amazing.

“He now also starts scoring goals and also with some leadership skills. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a couple of years he would be the captain of this team.”

McTominay, 25, now has 155 senior appearances for United and has chipped in 16 goals and three assists.

Harry Maguire is United’s current captain and did not play Monday, though United was not hurting for leadership with McTominay (and Raphael Varane plus David De Gea).

But Rangnick said that he observed more progress from his Red Devils.

“To say that this was a perfect game, nobody would believe that, of course it was not,” he said. “We still have quite a few things we can get better at but a clean sheet was important today and we worked together.”





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