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Scott McTominay wants Man United stars to step up and do much better.

Updated: Jan 1, 2022

Goals from McTominay, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sancho ensured Manchester United beat Burnley and moved back into the top six.


FT: Man Utd 3-1 Burnley

Scot McTominay put in a brilliant performance against Burnley at Old Trafford.
Scot McTominay put in a brilliant performance against Burnley at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils scored three first-half goals for the first time in the Premier League since January.

Scott McTominay believes Manchester United’s first half showing against Burnley at Old Trafford is their “best display” so far under interim manager Ralf Rangnick. McTominay broke the deadlock in the eighth minute as he curled the ball from the edge of the 18-yard box. The goal was United's quickest top-flight goal since the Scotland international scored a double in the opening minutes against Leeds over a year ago. Jadon Sancho increased the lead when his slightly-deflected strike from the left hit the net in the 27th minute. And this was before Cristiano Ronaldo made it 3-0 from close range when McTominay's shot had been pushed onto the goalpost by Burnley keeper Wayne Hennessey.

Cristiano Ronaldo smiles on after Man Utd 3-1 win over the Clarets
Cristiano Ronaldo smiles on after Man Utd 3-1 win over the Clarets

Three minutes later Burnley attacker Aaron Lennon pulled one back for the visitors as his brilliant finish found the bottom corner of the net, but the visitors failed to secure a comeback because they didn’t have enough quality to trouble the United defence further. The win means United are unbeaten in eight matches since the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and they are five points below fourth placed Arsenal with a game in hand. However, man-of-the-match McTominay was pleased the Red Devils bounced back from their poor performance against Newcastle United a few days ago, saying “now is the time we really start stepping up and doing much, much better.”

“Goals help energy.”

He told Amazon Prime: "Probably first-half as a team [best display under Rangnick]. We were a bit flat second-half for whatever reason. We need to get that for a full 90 minutes which we haven't really had this year. But we are learning and adapting. The game against Newcastle was difficult and we have to bounce back from that. The manager said we set the record for the most amount of turnovers in the league. We had to keep the ball better. "Goals help energy. If we bang in two or three at Newcastle it gives the whole team energy. It is so important. Now is the time we really start stepping up and doing much, much better. The manager is so demanding and we play for Man Utd, it is what we have to do.

McTominay had three shots on target and his first opened the scoring
McTominay had three shots on target and his first opened the scoring

"A lot of the time this season I have been deeper. Last season I could get to the box more. I was struggling this morning to play with my right foot but I pulled through it. I am fine. We are all learning an adapting. We play for Man Utd, we are dominant and we need to get results. "Body language is one thing and the manager has come in and said he wants to cut that out, so that is final. We have taken it on board. "It is the old cliche but we don't want to look too far ahead. The next game against Wolves is the most important thing."




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