Scott McTominay Header Fires United Into FA Cup Fourth Round
A Scott McTominay header in the 5th minute won a drab encounter with Watford, and fired Manchester United into the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Captaining United for the first time, McTominay was strong throughout the match, but it was his headed goal that proved the difference on the night.
Connecting wit a corner from Alex Telles, McTominay’s header lacked power, but the downward trajectory meant it bounced up and over the outstretched hand of Watford keeper Daniel Bachmann.
“We started really well and then for the first half an hour we were really good, moved the ball really well and there was some good combination play.”
“When the manager told me it was a surreal moment. I’ve been here since I had just turned five, so that’s 18 or 19 years associated with the club and it is a huge honour.”
“I love this club and it has been my whole life,” said McTominay.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made nine changes to the side that lost the Carabao Cup semi final to Manchester City this week, which meant a start for £40 million pound signing Donny Van de Beek.
The manager had stated before the match that the Dutchman would get more game time, and needed to take his chance when he did.
Although he didn’t register a goal or assist, the midfielders link up play was exquisite at times, and shows the new signing could be an important cog in United’s midfield machine as the season progresses.
“I think Donny showed again his qualities,” said Solskjaer afterwards. “He’s very technically clean and he makes good decisions like the flick to play Juan through. He’s got that quality to open up tight games and he’ll benefit from this game.”
United will now turn their attention to arguably their most important week since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
First they go to Turf Moor to play Burnley with the opportunity to go top of the league before a summit showdown at Anfield.
“We’re very happy to get through,” said Solskjaer. “We started really brightly. I expected it to be the other way round, to find our rhythm later on, but after a very good start, we lost our shape and lost too many balls. We’re through, that’s the main thing.”