Scott McTominay singles out two Man Utd team-mates after scoring winner against Villa | Football | Sport

Scott McTominay was quick to praise the “immense” performances of Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane as Manchester United snatched all three points at Aston Villa. The home side dominated for large spells and recorded more shots and shots on target.

Rasmus Hojlund turned in United’s first goal after Harry Maguire’s header fell into his path in the 17th minute. Douglas Luiz equalised midway through the second half before McTominay came off the bench to power in a header from Diogo Dalot’s cross.

And the Scot felt he needed to praise the Red Devils’ central defensive pairing for withstanding the Villa barrage.

He said: “We started really well, but they are a really good team and came back into it and caused us problems. The guys at the back were immense, particularly Harry [Maguire] and Raphael [Varane]. It was a top-level performance and a deserved win in the end.

“I feel like as long as I’m fit and healthy I can come onto the pitch and perform. I don’t take it personally, I just want to come in and try and do the best I can for this. Long may it continue.

“It was an unbelievable cross to be fair, whipped with a lot of pace. I just needed it to hit my head and get it on target. Full credit to the boys, we created a lot of good chances which may go unnoticed.

“Every game you win is massive for taking a step forward and confidence for the boys. It is all positive but it is about repeating it and not getting too far ahead of ourselves when we win a few. We’ve got to repeat it now.”

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