Rui Faria heaps praise on Scott McTominay’s performance against Valerenga

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United assistant manager Rui Faria has commended Scott McTominay for his accomplished performance against Valerenga on Sunday night.

The 20-year-old, with Man United 2-0 up and cruising in Oslo, came on with 30 minutes left and claimed a wonderfully taken goal just ten minutes later.

He went on to produce a silky display as the home side started to dwindle, picking out teammates with ease and confidently looking to surge forward with the ball.

And Faria, speaking after the game, was quick to acknowledge that McTominay has the potential to succeed at this level.

Mourinho, perhaps quite surprisingly, sought to include the Englishman in his senior squad as much as possible last season, handing him his debut against Arsenal in May.

He clearly sees something in him. Yes, he is a comfortable passer of the ball, positionally astute, capable of going forward and breaking up play. All of that is very nice.

But there is something more and indeed less tangible to the way he conducts himself that has convinced Mourinho to give him more game time than any youngster so far in pre-season. There is, if you look closer, a sort of fluidity and adaptability embedded in his approach that always leaves him in space, open to inflict damage at every turn.

Supporters will be keen to see how often he features next season.

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