Scott McTominay may not have been included in the squad for Manchester United’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Tottenham Hotspur, but to some fans, he still turned out to be the hero of the day.
The FA Cup is United’s only chance to win a trophy this season, having dropped out of the Champions League and League Cup, and only being able to watch as City tore up the Premier League.
Naturally, the players put their all into securing a win to reach the final, and give themselves a chance at the club’s 13th FA Cup title – which would make them the joint most successful team in the competition alongside Arsenal.
United began the game very poorly, and looked completely out of their depth when Dele Alli scored after just 11 minutes.
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However, they grew into the game, and were level just 13 minutes later through Alexis Sanchez. They gave it their all after that slow start, and Ander Herrera’s 64th minute winner was a deserved one after a brilliant game of football that took a lot out of the players.
Antonio Valencia, United’s captain on the day, particularly felt the pain, having had to deal with the constant movement of Son, Christian Eriksen, and Dele Alli throughout. The right-back ended up suffering a cramp towards the latter stages of the game, and had to be replaced by Matteo Darmian.
After the game, Valencia headed down the tunnel, but still feeling the effects of the cramp, he bent over and took a breather. That’s when McTominay walked by him and, noticing the Ecuadorian’s obvious discomfort, called out to him, saying ‘Captain, put your arm around me’.
Despite Valencia rejecting his offer, United fans were all over Twitter after the incident, heaping praise onto the 21-year-old for his display of respect and humility.