How Scott McTominay’s derby magic caused a headlock and crowd surfing for Manchester United fans – Casey Evans


Before the coronavirus lockdown seems so long ago now and most fans will want to forget when Manchester United and the rest of Europe’s football teams finished the end of the 2019/20 season and then the entirety of 2020/21 behind closed doors.

And that’s without considering Liverpool and Manchester City were victorious in those Premier League campaigns.

But the last match before football was put on pause was one to remember for United supporters, as the Reds came out deserved 2-0 victors against City at Old Trafford.

It was a shock result and one that the crowd relished. When, in the dying moments, United capitalized on a mistake by Ederson to tee up a halfway line shot by Scott McTominay, most of us were celebrating before the ball hit the back of the net.

I was at the game that day and the madness that ensued as United secured the win against their old rivals briefly washed away the creeping worries and fears that would soon consume all of us.

The fan standing to my left grabbed me around the neck with his forearm, while the fan to my right disappeared, only for me to notice him a few rows down on top of some poor man who hadn’t been expecting the chaos to hit him fromabove.

I’d also made the decision to don a McTominay shirt that day and, when the initial chaos had subsided, everyone around me began to hit me on the back and grab me as I walked towards the exit as the full-time whistle. This continued outside the ground.

Liverpool running away with the title as a global pandemic began to reveal itself meant the mood of the United fanbase was understandably sombre prior to kick-off, but 90 minutes of pure derby day joy provided some much-needed light.

It was amplified by the fact that McTominay was an academy prospect who scored from the halfway line, but the derby lifts the spirits of the team that wins it irrespective of league position and gives the fans a reason to celebrate wildly.

Sunday’s encounter is across town at the Etihad Stadium so most of us won’t be able to watch the game in person. But from the pub, at home or watching with friends, that same infectious positivity will spread in the event of a win.

Just like you, we can’t get enough of Manchester United! That’s why we’ve decided to supplement our expansive United coverage on the Manchester Evening News with a more fan-oriented platform catered specifically to United fans – United On My Mind.

Writers and presenters who share your passion for the red side of Manchester will be producing written, visual and audio content to reflect the mood in the stands as well as the press box.

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Ralf Rangnick has definitely improved United but he is yet to enjoy an indisputable statement victory. The 4-2 against Leeds United was delicious, but their injury problems and dire form made that likely outcome.

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With a top-four spot now looking tricky and uncertain over the long-term direction of the remaining club, Rangnick has a chance to deliver a result that will give the fans hope and reason to celebrate. It’s one of the most powerful things you can do.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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