When Manchester United had authored the unthinkable tale and ousted PSG from the Champions League, many of their supporters roared in triumph, heralding the end of their woes post-SAF. However, a few more cynical supporters had advised caution.
Amongst those crying for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get the full-time gig were few that quipped that a typical Manchester United tale would mean that the club would now start losing, going out of the FA Cup and the Champions League and missing out on the top four in the Premier League.
Fast-forward less than two months and precisely that has occurred. The Manchester United side that drew against Huddersfield was a defeated lot, uninspiring in their showing and prone to mistakes, a shadow of the United that has first being rallied together by the Norwegian gaffer.
However, in the midst of their failure, it was the actions of one youngster that stood out on top.
Post the full-time whistle, clips showing Scott McTominay sulking alone and dejected on a bench, all suited up, have gone viral.
The attitude of the youngster, who was the club’s sole goalscorer of the game, is one that ought to have followed the whole team once it was certain that Champions League football wouldn’t be played at Old Trafford next season.
Mourinho: “Scott is a kid with a special character, very humble, aggressive, brave, he's a special kid. He's a special character that a team in a negative moment needs. Do my other players have that mentality? Not all of them.“
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) May 6, 2019
Pundit Danny Higginbotham put it best when he said: “That’s how you want it to feel. If you’re sitting there laughing and joking then it’s no good. He was a standout player today.
“He’s had a fantastic season, scored again today — his second goal for the football club — and he is a player, no doubt about it whatsoever, that Solskjaer will want around the place.”
The academy graduate has been amongst the few players whose performances were hailed in the tougher encounters that United have had as of recent, particularly against Barcelona. A staple for next season?