Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has revealed his excitement for the return of fans and has recalled his ‘special’ moment after scoring against Manchester City last season.
Football will take its first steps back towards normality this week with fans permitted to attend the midweek round of Premier League fixtures, around 10,000 supporters expected at Old Trafford for Manchester United’s clash with Fulham tomorrow.
The fixture will be the first time that fans have attended a home fixture for the Red Devils for 14 months as the UK government continues its roadmap out of the ongoing pandemic and McTominay admits he can’t wait to hear the support of the fanbase inside the stadium again.
“Get the fans back in man!” McTominay told a press conference. “I said it, I think it was after the game the other day, I said we’re desperate for the feeling of adrenaline from all the people inside the stadium. To see everyone smiling and back enjoying football again. The last year has been so difficult.
“We’ve said that, as players, just because we can do what we love it doesn’t mean we’re still not hurting for everyone else who can’t come to the stadiums. We feel the emotion and want everyone there again. Obviously for us it’s friends, family, really pushing yourself for everybody in the Man United family. It’s something I can’t wait for again.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s clash with Fulham will be the first time fans have attended at Old Trafford since a 2-0 derby win over Manchester City in March 2020, McTominay scoring a dramatic second goal to seal a memorable home victory.
The midfielder has recalled an ‘electric’ atmosphere after his match-clinching moment late on and says his crucial intervention was a ‘special’ moment in his career to date.
“Every time we play Man City, the atmosphere is electric, to be fair. Liverpool and the rest too.
“That day was special. I was on the bench, but there was no sulking, no moaning. I’d just come back from injury. I wasn’t in the state to be saying… I’m obviously desperate to play, but you just want the lads to do well and when you come on you’ve got to do your bit as well. It’s so important that a team full of winners, there has to be some sort of sulking but sulking in the right way where they want to be playing and want to be involved and always on the pitch all the time.
“For me, that was the feeling I had that day. To score a goal like that, it was special. Looking back, it was the lads who did the hard work and I was just fortunate enough to get the headlines.”