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Scott McTominay fires standards warning to Man Utd team-mate Mason Greenwood

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Scott McTominay has ordered Manchester United team-mate Mason Greenwood to keep his standards up.

Greenwood had one of his best games of the season in United's 1-0 win over West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday night.

The England international hit the woodwork twice and was a constant threat to the Hammers defence as United leapfrogged Leicester to return to second place in the table.

Greenwood has endured a difficult campaign that started with him being sent home in shame from the England squad in Iceland in September after getting caught inviting women to the team hotel.

He has not appeared for the Three Lions since then and has gone on to score just four goals in 37 United appearances.

McTominay believes Greenwood was back to his best in the win over David Moyes's top four rivals – and insists the 19-year-old has now set the standards he needs to maintain.

The Scotland midfielder said: "Mason was brilliant, he was top, top, top drawer.

"He was so direct, he was very confident, whenever he had the ball and as I say every week: 'Mason, now that’s the benchmark'.

"That's got to be the standard now every single game, that work-rate, that intensity and I'm seeing it every single week, to be fair, from him. So long may it continue."

United are now nine points ahead of fifth place in the battle to secure Champions League qualification and remain in the hunt to win the Europa League and FA Cup.

McTominay admits the display against the Hammers wasn't vintage, but has told fans that winning ugly is all that counts at this stage of the season.

He added: "There's no shame in playing against West Ham at home and obviously it being a tough game and doing all the professional things to win a football match. Sometimes that's the way you have to win football games.

"I know it’s not the glamorous way of doing it and not what people want to see, but you can't always win 4-0 or 5-0 at home, that's not the case.

"We're trying to get towards that, but at this moment in time, it's games like that you just have to win."

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