Scott McTominay was hailed as Manchester United’s unsung hero as a shocking stat emerged after the Scot scored once more to ship the Pink Devils to the FA Cup quarter-finals.
The 24-year-old got here off the bench to rescue Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect as he struck seven minutes into extra-time to seal a 1-Zero victory in a cagey fifth spherical conflict in opposition to West Ham.
The purpose, a effectively struck effort after a neat flick-on from Marcus Rashford, continued an unlikely scoring streak for central midfielder McTominay – his third purpose within the area of simply seven days.
This purple patch, having scored in successive Premier League video games in opposition to Southampton and Everton, has taken his tally to the season to SEVEN targets.
Which is a few exhibiting from the defensive-minded participant, particularly when you think about that he has extra targets this season than all of his opponents for a spot in Solskjaer’s midfield COMBINED – Paul Pogba , Donny van de Beek , Nemanja Matic  and Fred .
In actual fact, McTominay is now Man United’s third-highest goalscorer of the 2020/21 marketing campaign, with the identical variety of targets as strikers Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani, and greater than Mason Greenwood .
Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford are the one two with extra targets on the membership with 18 and 16 respectively.
And the pundits have been stuffed with reward for the Scotland worldwide after the sport, with United legend Mark Hughes telling talkSPORT: “He got here on as a sub and affected the sport, and that’s all you need out of your subs!
“He’s gone in there and made issues occur. They appeared extra like United when he and Bruno Fernandes got here on. He did very well, and it wasn’t a straightforward end.”
Sports activities Bar hosts Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy have been additionally impressed with McTominay’s efficient cameo look, and agreed he’s one in all United’s most underrated gamers.
“I’ve at all times favored McTominay,” mentioned former Chelsea and Tottenham defender Cundy.
“Usually talking, he’s by no means going to steal the headlines, he’s not that kind of participant.
“He doesn’t catch the attention, he’s not going to bend one in from 30 yards, he’s not going to run the sport like Bruno.
“However what he does do, he’s received good power, he places his foot in, he’s cell, he’s received an enormous bodily presence and wherever I’ve seen him play I’ve at all times thought, ‘he’s respectable’.
“And I feel he’s necessary to United, I actually do. He’s extra cell than matric and you may see that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does really belief him.
“It’s a great purpose tonight, he took it effectively, it was a very nice little flick from Rashford and he’s taken it so early the ball hits the again of the following earlier than the west ham defenders may even set themselves. It’s a wise end.
“So sure, I agree McTominay does go underneath the radar just a little bit. I’ve at all times favored him.”
Solskjaer additionally praised the participant after the full-time whistle, and recommended the Scot for his impeccably-timed purpose.
“He’s a clear striker of the ball,” the boss advised talkSPORT.
“He was once a striker when he was a child and you may see that. He finishes with authority and there’s no messing. He simply hits the ball cleanly and tries to make the goalkeeper make a save.
“Superb response. It was a great lay-off by Marcus however he nonetheless has rather a lot to do.
“Scotty scored the successful purpose, that’s important. Bruno got here on and scored the successful purpose within the final recreation.
“We now have an enormous and powerful squad. Many received minutes tonight so it’s a great night time for us.”