Galatasaray vs Manchester United: Scott McTominay rues missed opportunities after six-goal thriller

Poor defending and goalkeeping mistakes cost the Red Devils dearly. Having said that the team also had enough chances to extend their lead, which they failed to take it.

Harry Maguire and Scott McTominay in a file photo; Credit: Twitter@ManUtd
By Karthik Raman | Dec 1, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Manchester United’s quest to qualify from their Champions League group hangs by a thread after dropping more points in an entertaining 3-3 draw away to Galatasaray on Wednesday night. The Red Devils twice had a two-goal cushion – 2-0 and 3-1 – but were unable to see it out, as the home side clawed their way back to secure a point. Poor defending and goalkeeping mistakes cost the Red Devils dearly. Having said that the team also had enough chances to extend their lead, which they failed to take it.

After the match, Scott McTominay, who scored Manchester United’s third of the night, felt they should have scored more. “We’re so disappointed not to come away with more goals than three to be honest, and if you’d said that to us before the evening started, we’d have been delighted with that. Hopefully [we’d also] get another clean sheet. But, in football, there are mistakes and different things that can happen in the game, and it’s partly our fault at the other end of the pitch for not killing the game as well. I feel like we really did [play well]. We had control and were playing some good stuff but it’s football and it can happen,” he told club media after the Champions League match.

We all want to be a collective: Scott McTominay

Goalkeeper Andre Onana’s role in two goals scored by Galatasaray will be questioned by many, however, McTominay is not one of them. “There are no individuals in this team. We all want to be a collective and push each other forwards together. There’s no intimidation in football. You have just got to go there [to away stadiums like Newcastle United on Saturday], take it on its head and go for it, and that’s the way this team wants to operate. We want to go and fight every challenge head on and that’s it. There’s no ducking and diving out of situations, we want to go and push ourselves and test ourselves against some really good teams,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes was clearly disappointed with the result, as he felt that they should have controlled the game better. “It’s too bad, to be honest. I don’t want to be too negative but what we have been doing in the Champions League is not enough. We have to control our games, every time. It’s not the first game we have like this. Even in Copenhagen, I understand we had one player less but we score for 3-2 and we have to secure the result. We have to understand in this kind of game, on this kind of stage, you have to be smart enough and manage the game better,” Fernandes, quoted by the club’s website, said.

The Portuguese midfielder also rued some of the missed opportunities the team had during the end of the game. “Every time we concede a goal, we have many chances to score again. I think at the end of the game we have like four chances to score a goal. We have to put our heads up and understand that sometimes it’s about finding another pass, finding a player that is free, trying to get the one that is in the best position and not taking the chance ourselves. We have to look at the team first and afterwards for ourselves,” he added.

More Football Stories:

Wataru Endo news: Why did the Japanese midfielder decide to join Liverpool in the summer?

Manchester United news: How can the Red Devils turn their season around? Scott McTominay responds

Premier League: Which players have scored the most goals in a single season?

EPL stats: Which clubs have conceded the most last-minute winners in Premier League?

EPL stats: Which clubs have scored the most number of last-minute winners in Premier League?

How long will Kevin De Bruyne be out injured? Pep Guardiola responds

Related Post