Fluke result or galvanizing win for a team in desperate need of a spark?
Time will tell. In the meantime, let’s savor Saturday’s epic comeback for the ages, scoring twice in Fergie Time to beat Brentford 2-1.
Maybe United got some divine intervention. After all, the match took place days after Sir Alex Ferguson’s wife, Lady Cathy, passed away at the age of 84.
Or maybe it was one of those eerie parallels that make only writers like me pay attention to. After all, the win over Brentford recalled United’s famous comeback against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League Final— a match that’s also been in the news this week, thanks to the premiere of the David Beckham documentary on Netflix.
Either way, the win was badly needed. United have lost three in a row in all competitions and were about 3 minutes away from a four-peat. It’s always bad to go into an international break on a losing streak. For United, it would have been two weeks of questions and concerns, ratcheting up the pressure on Erik ten Hag, Andre Onana, Mason Mount, Casemiro, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and the rest of his underachieving players.
So let’s be grateful that United got bailed out by Scott McTominay, who evidently wore his Scotland national team shooting boots on Saturday.
Maybe it was written in the stars.