McTominay, who recently penned a new four year contract at Old Trafford, produced a commanding, confident display in midfield alongside Ander Herrera.
And Tuanzebe, following a shaky start during which he could have conceded a penalty, grew into the game and displayed excellent composure in the build-up to Man United’s second goal, bursting through the lines before sweeping the ball to Matteo Darmian, who duly provided a perfect assist for Jesse Lingard.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Mourinho was quick to heap praise on the two youngsters.
“I think they did both well,” he said. “I would say Scott probably very well because he was really comfortable and strong in midfield.”
“Axel I think started a little bit shaky, but then he got stability and he had also a good performance like at the match at Huddersfield mistakes were part of a global attitude and the kids’ good performances were also consequence of a good team performance. We were solid, we were compact, we were in control.”
This was the Nicky Butt driven academy in action: a pair of honest, disciplined displays that, as the minutes ticked by, developed into an aura of driven confidence.
McTominay was especially impressive. The Scot ensured play kept moving forward and picked up some smart positions throughout the evening, weighting his passes with precision and intent.
Tuanzebe, meanwhile, looked slightly rusty to begin with – possibly due to not receiving first team action yet this season – but by the end supporters were pining to see more of him this season.