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McTominay nets late winner to lift Utd, Arsenal smash six past West Ham

McTominay’s 7 goals make him the highest-scoring substitute in the league this season

Update : 12 Feb 2024, 03:44 AM

Super sub Scott McTominay scored a late winner as Manchester United continued to inch up the Premier League table and keep alive their dreams of European qualification with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa Sunday.

Erik ten Hag's United are sixth on 41 points after their third consecutive victory, five points behind fifth-placed Villa who would have climbed to fourth with a win.

United are six points away from fourth spot and a Champions League berth next season.

McTominay’s seven goals make him the highest-scoring substitute in the league this season.

McTominay deserved credit for his terrific attitude as a substitute, Ten Hag said.

Rasmus Hojlund scored his fifth goal in five consecutive league games - and 11th in all competitions - to put United ahead in the 17th minute, knocking in Harry Maguire's header from close range through keeper Emiliano Martinez's legs.

United keeper Andre Onana produced several huge saves to keep Villa off the scoresheet until Douglas Luiz levelled in the 67th minute.

Onana made yet another superb save to stop Clement Lenglet but Luiz was there to fire home the rebound, celebrating with a shoulder shimmy in front of Onana's net.

But United had the last laugh, with Scotland's McTominay coming on in the 73rd minute and scoring the winner in the 86th, leaping to head a superb cross from Diogo Dalot past Martinez.

A delighted Ten Hag punched the air in celebration.

Villa had 10 shots on target to United's five and had 55.9% of possession.

Villa manager Unai Emery said the result was a tough one to swallow.

Meanwhile, Arsenal exacted sweet revenge on West Ham United with a 6-0 away thrashing to stay right in the thick of the title race, obliterating their hosts before halftime.

Mikel Arteta's side had lost twice against their London rivals this season but were 4-0 ahead by halftime with goals by William Saliba, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel and Leandro Trossard.

The punishment continued in the second half with Saka making it 5-0 before former West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, who assisted two goals in the opening period, thumped his team's sixth on a day of abject humiliation for the hosts.

It was a sublime display by Arsenal who wiped off a goal difference deficit to champions Manchester City who they joined on 52 points, although they stay in third place courtesy of scoring fewer goals.

Leaders Liverpool have 54 points.

RESULTS

Villa 1 (Luiz 67) Man Utd 2 (Hojlund 17, McTominay 86)

West Ham 0 Arsenal 6 (Saliba 32, Saka 41-P, 63, Gabriel 44, Trossard 45+2, Rice 65) 

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