Manchester United won 2-1 against Brentford on Saturday afternoon as Scott McTominay scored twice in injury time to secure victory in tremendous fashion.
The Scotsman did not enter the frame until the 88th minute, but somehow managed to single-handedly turn the game around for United in the last moments of the game.
It was a crucial victory for Erik ten Hag’s men, who now must push on after the international break finishes.
One instance in particular, where the Scotsman appeared to give up on a challenge, brought forward suggestions that his head was not at Old Trafford anymore.
Gary Neville, whilst speaking on his Sky Sports podcast, has slammed those opinions on McTominay and has offered a different reasoning behind the difficulties he’s faced in a United shirt recently, before the Brentford game.
“I was happy for Scott McTominay. The stuff I’ve seen on social media over the last few weeks, that’s when it’s the classic a club is falling apart when you start to have your fanbase and media people questioning the work ethic of a kid who has come through the academy,” said Neville.
“Sorry, I’m not having that. That’s one kid who will run through a brick wall for the club. That’s the weight on his shoulders and the pressure and feeling of completely not having the support in the club to be able to actually wear your legs down.
“I’ve talked about heavy legs in a young player, last season with Arsenal in a title run-in we saw it. What we’ve seen from Scott McTominay in the last few weeks is being outstanding for Scotland and then he comes back to play right of a diamond against Brighton and he looks like his legs have gone.
“All of a sudden you see clips on social media of him not running back. I wouldn’t look at that as anything other than pressure and carrying the world on his shoulders from being a Man United kid since the age of five.
“Saturday was a big moment for him and I was happy for a few of the players that came back in because they’ve been battered and that’s what happens when you’ve got a club that’s failing. You end up not knowing who’s the good guys and bad guys. You end up calling [out] the ones that have been there a long time.
“They’ve got some good lads who have come in and bought into the club. They’ve got some good lads who have come through the ranks. The big question mark at the moment is the stability that runs right through the club and it’s not there.”
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