On Saturday, the Red Devils defeated the Manchester United after trailing for the majority of the match at Old Trafford. The Bees took the lead in the first half thanks to Mathias Jensen, and the visitors were pleased to sit back and watch as their hosts became frustrated.
A tenacious and resilient Brentford kept United at bay for the majority of the second half, forcing Ten Hag to give him access to all five substitutes.
The last of those was McTominay, who came on to replace Sofyan Amrabat after 87 minutes, and he scored twice in six minutes of stoppage time to cap an incredible comeback.
McTominay was questioned by PLP after the game about the instructions Ten Hag offered him before entering the field.
“I couldn’t hear everything since it was so loud and the crowd was cheering us on. He probably yelled something along the lines of, ‘Go on and score,’ because that’s exactly what I did,” he added.
In his own press conference, Ten Hag would jokingly claim that he had instructed McTominay to score two goals.
Diogo Dalot’s original shot was stopped for McTominay’s first goal, which he turned and fired past Thomas Strakosha from about 12 yards out. For the game-winning goal, McTominay nodded in Harry Maguire’s long free-kick that was deflected into the Brentford area.
“When the ball dropped to me, it was at an awkward height, and I didn’t think I could get my leg there, control it, and score,” McTominay said of the equalizer.
“As I stated, as the game progressed we tried to get more into their box. However, they are a highly strong team that played solid defense and poses a threat on the counterattack. We have achieved our objectives.
With regard to his game-winning goal, McTominay continued, “No nerves. Simply never quit up no matter what. Being raised here since I was five, I am the best person to know that you are expected to never give up at this football club.