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“I had to text him” — Ferdinand reveals shock after Martin Keown named Dalot MOTM over McTominay in Brentford win

By Ben Green

Published: 15:56, 20 January 2022

Diogo Dalot produced a man-of-the-match performance against Brentford in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over the London club, but Rio Ferdinand believes Scott McTominay should have earned the post-match acclaim. 

Second-half goals from Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford got the job done for Ralf Rangnick’s men in the capital, with Ivan Toney’s late consolation preventing the visiting side from claiming a clean sheet, but not the three points.

BT Sport’s co-commentator on the match, Martin Keown, lavished particular praise on Dalot, whom he believed was the standout performer on the night, naming him his man of the match, much to the dismay of Ferdinand, who felt McTominay was by far the best on the pitch.

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The Scotland international completed more take-ons (six) than any other player on the pitch and was instrumental in the club’s third goal, intercepting in the middle of the park, before gliding past two Brentford players and teeing up Fernandes, who set up Rashford.

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

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

“I saw him (McTominay) 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.

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“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.”