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Rio Ferdinand names Scott McTominay as his man of the match in Manchester United’s win over Brentford


Rio Ferdinand disagreed with Martin Keown’s decision to pick Diogo Dalot (BT Sport)

Rio Ferdinand believes Scott McTominay should have been awarded man of the match ahead of Diogo Dalot in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Brentford on Wednesday evening.

After a sluggish first-half display, United improved after the break and goals from Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford sealed the win for Ralf Rangnick’s side.

Former Arsenal centre-back and BT Sport’s co-commentator, Martin Keown, opted to name Dalot, who played at right-back, as his man of the match.

But Ferdinand says McTominay ‘was head and shoulders above everybody’ on the pitch.

‘Martin [Keown] on commentary was the person who gave Dalot man of the match, I couldn’t believe it,’ Ferdinand said after the game.

‘McTominay was head and shoulders above everybody. I text him [Martin] saying, ‘what’s going on?’.

Rio Ferdinand says Scott McTominay ‘was head and shoulders above everyone’ (Getty)

‘I saw him in a restaurant last week and just spoke to him briefly about working hard and playing hard and that’s all you hear about him.

‘He’s an honest kid, he wants to do well and improve.

‘You saw in his game today where his intensity and desire, you could see it from the first minute.

‘At Manchester United, you need a certain amount of ability but personality and character are what gets you through and enables you to stay at this club for a long time.

‘He’s shown that in a time of need when this club has been shaky at the best of times.’

Speaking after the game about McTominay’s display, Rangnick said: ‘In the first half we were second best in all aspects of the game. In the second half Scott was exemplary, a real leader, he played with authority when we needed it most

‘That had a positively contagious effect on all the players in the centre of the pitch, by winning those duels in the second half we had our counter-attacking moments and we knew we could play with speed and tempo at their goal, make their back three drop back and play in one-vs-one sprinting duels.’

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