‘Scottynaldinho!’ Man United’s two-goal hero McTominay gets a new nickname from Bruno Fernandes after netting twice in the opening three minutes to spark 6-2 rout of Leeds
- Scott McTominay scored twice inside the first three minutes at Old Trafford
- It set Manchester United on course for a six-goal display against Leeds United
- Big win at Old Trafford lifted United up to third place in the Premier League
- Bruno Fernandes christened the two-goal hero ‘Scottynaldinho’ on Instagram
- Harry Maguire and West Ham’s Declan Rice also piled in with praise for the Scot
Scott McTominay has earned himself a new nickname after his quick-fire double in Manchester United’s 6-2 thrashing of Leeds.
The midfielder scored twice inside the opening three minutes of Sunday’s match at Old Trafford, the first player in Premier League history to do so.
And it set the tone for an extraordinary end-to-end match which saw Leeds threaten David de Gea’s goal regularly but also get repeatedly picked apart on the counter-attack.
Scott McTominay scored twice in the opening three minutes at Old Trafford as Manchester United thrashed Leeds United 6-2 in the Premier League on Sunday
Scottish midfielder was given the nickname ‘Scottyaldinho’ by team-mate Bruno Fernandes
Fernandes came up with the nickname in a comment on McTominay’s Instagram account
McTominay was named man of the match and posted four action pictures on his Instagram account with the caption: ‘Big win !!!’
And amid the flood of replies, his United team-mate Bruno Fernandes came up with a fresh nickname when he wrote: ‘Football is really strange. Well done Scottynaldinho’.
To which McTominay replied: ‘Oi we’ll be having words tomorrow me and you.’
McTominay, who has only ever scored 10 goals for United in 101 appearances, also received praise from captain Harry Maguire, who wrote ‘what a performance’ and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, who put ‘different class today.’
McTominay replied to Rice’s comment, saying: ‘Top boy, keeping doing the business pal.’
Fernandes also scored twice as Manchester United won a thrilling contest at Old Trafford
McTominay after bagging his second goal to become a Premier League record-breaker as the first player to score twice in the opening three minutes
Speaking on Sky Sports post-match, the Scot praised the attitude of his team-mates as they claimed only their second home league win of the season.
McTominay said: ‘It depends what personnel we’re playing. I’m used to playing high energy, high tempo football. We played really well today.
‘I think everybody know Leeds are an amazing team and have an amazing coach. We did a lot of analysis on them and it paid off.
‘You just go on the pitch and do your job, you don’t want to get too carried away. Every game is a cup final.
‘Last season we weren’t approaching games in the right frame of mind, but this time we are. We’re getting used to scoring goals at home, it’s so important.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are now third in the Premier League and travel to Leicester next
The win moved United up to third in the Premier League table, five point adrift of Liverpool
Man United fixtures
Premier League unless stated
Wednesday Everton (A)
Carabao Cup quarter-final
December 26 Leicester (A)
December 29 Wolves (H)
January 1 Aston Villa (H)
January 9 Watford (H)
FA Cup third round
January 17 Liverpool (A)
United are now third in the table, just five points adrift of leaders Liverpool with a game in hand.
McTominay was eager to point out that, while United will take confidence from their display against Leeds, they aren’t even looking at the league table at present.
He said: ‘The confidence grows and everyone gets that boost of energy. The athleticism we showed today was second to none.
‘We don’t look at the table, there’s no time for looking. We have to take every game one by one.’
afforded more freedom against Leeds as he pushed forward to excellent effect.
After McTominay’s early goals, Manchester United found themselves 4-0 up after just 37 minutes, with Fernandes and Victor Lindelof also getting on the scoresheet.
In a hugely eventful encounter, Leeds got a goal back through Liam Cooper but Dan James and Fernandes added further strikes for the hosts before Stuart Dallas scored a late consolation.