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Scott McTominay’s stoppage-time goal gives Manchester United 1-0 victory over Omonia Nicosia in Europa League (Video)

Scott McTominay’s stoppage-time goal earn Manchester United a 1-0 victory over Omonia Nicosia in Europa League at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Unbelievable scenes at Old Trafford as the substitute McTominay stoppage time goal stole all the three-point for the Reds.

Sancho does brilliantly on the left, passes into McTominay and he keeps his cool, takes a touch to get it out of his feet and fires past the previously unbeatable Uzoho. Heartbreak for Omonoia.

As a result of the win, Manchester United still have a chance to qualify for the playoffs as group winners.

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Rashford, who is United’s top scorer this season, had a whopping 10 shots, but a combination of wasteful finishing and fine goalkeeping from Francis Uzoho denied the Red Devils forward.

McTominay stepped up three minutes into added time to get his team-mate out of jail, though, as United sealed a third consecutive Group E win despite a listless performance in front of the goal.

United went in at the break having had a whopping 14 shots, yet they could have been behind had Bruno squared to Andronikos Kakoullis instead of blazing over from a tight angle following a swift counter-attack.

Uzoho picked up where he left off after the interval, producing a double save to deny Antony and Rashford, before the latter wastefully steered wide when clean through.

The Omonia goalkeeper produced further smart stops to keep out Ronaldo and McTominay, but the Scotland international powered home from close range at the death to deny the Cypriot side a famous point.

Watch the highlights of the match below:

Scott McTominay, Man United midfielder, speaking to BT Sport: We knew they would be fired up. Neil Lennon is a great coach so it wasn’t going to be easy. You have to be patient, we had so many chances, their goalkeeper was different class but we created enough in the end to score.

Francis Uzoho, Omonoia goalkeeper, speaking to BT Sport: “It’s a dream come true for me to play here and I am happy with my performance. Arguably it’s the best performance of my career. I am proud of my team-mates – it was not a one-man job. We gave everything on the field.”

Neil Lennon, Omonoia manager, speaking to BT Sport: “It probably would have been the greatest result in the club’s history. We defended heroically. My goalkeeper was incredible. I’m really proud of the team but at this level we need to keep the ball better than we did in the final third.”

Erik ten Hag, Manchester United manager, speaking to BT Sport: “Football is about scoring goals. We created so many chances, but we only scored one time. It was enough for the win so we’re happy with that. We kept faith with the process and that’s why we scored.” 

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