Jose Mourinho hailed young Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay for his composed performance in his side’s 0-0 draw against Sevilla.
In a hostile atmosphere, McTominay started ahead of starman Paul Pogba, who was soon subbed on due to an injury to Ander Herrera.
The Anglo-Scot put in a solid display in Spain, and drew the plaudits from fans and pundits alike.
Mourinho was delighted to be able to speak about McTominay after perennial questions about Pogba.
“Can I hug you?” he jokingly asked the BT Sport reporter who invited him to speak about McTominay.
“I went to the press conference before and the Qs about Paul,” Mourinho continued.
“I think the questions should be about the kid. I think he was fantastic.
“He did everything well, he put lots of pressure on Banega which was important to stop him, their playmaker.”
Mourinho picked out McTominay’s quality and composure on the ball in particular.
“He was always comfortable, simple, safe in possession,” he claimed. “I think he was brilliant.”
Wednesday night saw McTominay make his 16th appearance for United. Nine of those have now been starts for the Reds.
Recently turned 21, it’s been a very solid start to his first-team career at Old Trafford. He’s been unspectacular, but has played responsibly and with quality.
Mourinho clearly trusts him, and that is only growing, and McTominay is gradually ensuring he’ll be part of the manager’s long-term plans at the club.