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Man Utd ace McTominay: 'We owed Spurs a proper game'

Updated: Dec 17, 2023

Goals from Fred, Cavani, and Greenwood secured a 3-1 comeback against Tottenham on Sunday evening.

Manchester United came from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday, and following the clash, the Scotland international said they owed Spurs a proper game.

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani thought he had broken the deadlock just after the half hour mark, but the goal was overruled following a VAR check as it showed midfielder McTominay’s hand accidentally hitting Heung-Min Son’s face during the build-up.

And moments later, Son handed Jose Mourinho’s side the lead as he calmly slotted in Lucas Moura’s pass.

In the second half United turned their fortunes around, with Fred firing home to level the score after goalkeeper Hugo Lloris parried Cavani's strike.

A diving header from Cavani in the 80th minute made it 2-1 before a late Mason Greenwood finish handed United all three points to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the clash, McTominay said: "At half-time the message was clear: just keep calm, no need to panic. We know that we have good character in the team and against a really difficult team, so we're happy.

"Sometimes that's the way football goes. For the first 30 minutes by our standards, we were not good enough but we dominated the whole second half to be fair.

"Personally I'm not a fan of VAR but the referees have to make decisions. It was a case of keeping calm. Everybody makes mistakes and that's part and parcel of it.

"[The disallowed goal] was a total injustice but you just have to get on with the game. Getting three points in a really difficult game was pleasing.

"Fred was terrific today, along with Paul [Poga] and Mason [Greenwood]. They had real energy and the manager will be pleased with a lot of players today.

"We owed Tottenham a proper game - we had that in our minds - and today was much better than last time."

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