In an exciting conclusion to their Premier League match on Saturday at Old Trafford, substitute Scott McTominay scored twice in the final minute to give Manchester United a 2-1 victory over Brentford.
Brentford had a chance to pass United in the standings with what would have been just their second victory of the year, but McTominay’s inability to understand coach Erik ten Hag’s instructions before entering the game in the 87th minute ended their chances of a rare away victory against the Red Devils.
Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans started in central defence because Victor Lindelof was used as a temporary left wing back because of a number of protests that the club’s owners were facing before the game.
In the 26th minute, Casemiro turned the ball over and Lindelof failed to clear it, allowing Mathias Jensen to sneak the ball under the body of custodian Andre Onana, who could have easily stopped it.
The Bees appeared to be headed for a well-deserved victory as United, who had recently suffered home losses to Crystal Palace and Galatasaray, had a number of scoring opportunities, many of them from distance, in the second half. However, they rarely converted on those opportunities.
Late in the game, Onana pulled off two outstanding saves in quick succession by deflecting a shot from Neal Maupay and a header from Christian Norgaard, which allowed McTominay to make a late comeback.
McTominay, who was substituted in for Sofyan Amrabat, immediately repaid coach Erik ten Hag’s faith in him by clanging home the equaliser during a goalmouth scramble in the 93rd minute. But he wasn’t done yet.
The tall midfielder scored again with a header in the seventh minute of stoppage time to excite the home crowd and secure all three points for his team, moving them up to ninth place in the standings with 12 points, five ahead of 14th-place Brentford.