Why Tom Grennan represented Man Utd in ePremier League tournament – rather than a first-team player

I’m sure you’ve seen all the tweets and video clips from the weekend’s FIFA 20 esports tournament (ePremier League) that was launched by the Premier League.

Manchester United’s representative in the tournament was musician Tom Grennan, who was knocked out by Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold in the last 16.

Fans are probably wondering why United weren’t represented by a first team player in the tournament, like the other clubs involved, but as the club has a high-profile deal with FIFA rival Konami in relation to their eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer game series, which started last night.

Scotland international Scott McTominay represented United in the #StayHomeWithPES Tournament, getting a bye into the quarter-finals and losing on pens against Inter Milan’s Sebastiano Esposito.

With United crashing out early in both tournaments, we are sure both Grennan and McTominay will be using the UK’s lockdown to get some practice in on their preferred football games.

The Guardian described the ePremier League tournament as a triumph — especially for Wolves striker Diogo Jota, who beat Alexander-Arnold in the FIFA with a golden-goal.

The PES tournament was won by Schalke’s Nassim Boujellab who beat Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno 1-0 in the final.

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