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

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Top spot importance

A number of eyebrows were raised at how strong Ten Hag’s starting XI was for the sport against Nicosia. But Ten Hag is under no illusion how vital it’s going to be for United to complete top of their group and his starting XI made that clear.

If United finish second, they are going to need to compete in a play-off against a club that drops out of the Champions League, which in the intervening time could feature teams equivalent to 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 another given day, United would have won this game by not less than three goals. But Francis Uzoho deserves full credit for making the sport as competitive because it was towards the top.

The Nicosia goalkeeper, has been their back-up selection to this point this season, put within the performance of his profession with an unprecedented 11 saves. He almost single-handedly won some extent for Nicosia, but it surely wasn’t to be ultimately.

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