Man Utd 1-0 Omonia Nicosia: Five things learned as McTominay late winner keeps hopes alive

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Top spot importance

A few eyebrows were raised at how strong Ten Hag’s starting XI was for the game against Nicosia. But Ten Hag is under no illusion how important it will be for United to finish top of their group and his starting XI made that clear.

If United finish second, they will have to compete in a play-off against a club that drops out of the Champions League, which at the moment could feature teams such as Ajax, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan and Juventus. They kept those hopes alive with a late winner from Scott McTominay with Real Sociedad also winning their match.

Special mention for Francis Uzoho

On any other given day, United would have won this game by at least three goals. But Francis Uzoho deserves full credit for making the game as competitive as it was towards the end.

The Nicosia goalkeeper, has been their back-up choice so far this season, put in the performance of his career with an unprecedented 11 saves. He almost single-handedly won a point for Nicosia, but it wasn’t to be in the end.



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