Scott McTominay hailed as a ‘fantastic player’ by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

by Harry Robinson

Jose Mourinho has once again singled out young Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay for praise.

The 21-year-old was given a demonstration of Mourinho’s faith in him as he started against Premier League champions on in a midfield three alongside Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.

Despite a mistake in the build-up to Willian’s opener for the visitors, McTominay impressed at Old Trafford with a confident performance in his 17th appearance for the club.

Mourinho hailed McTominay after the game on Sunday afternoon following a fantastic 2-1 win for the Reds.

“He is a fantastic player, a player that is a modern midfield player, he can do everything,” Mourinho said.

The Portuguese coach is eagerly anticipating McTominay adding more to his game in the form of goals.

“The only thing he’s not doing yet is scoring goals, which he can, the only reason he isn’t is because of the job I am giving him,” the 55-year-old said. “I think in the future he can, we saw that in pre-season, but I am very happy with him today.”

Even after praising McTominay, Mourinho was quick to take the attention away from one player in particular, reserving some of his good words for two of his recent signings, Nemanja Matic, who arrived from Chelsea last summer, and Alexis Sanchez, who joined from Arsenal in January.

“I don’t like to individualise,” Mourinho continued. “Nemanja Matic also played very well in midfield, and the defenders too, and Alexis Sanchez made a huge effort too. In the second half we were more confident, I think if anyone deserved the win, it was us.”

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