Manchester United youngster Scott McTominay has hailed Jose Mourinho for giving him a chance to succeed in the starting XI.
The Scotsman was taken along on the club’s pre-season tour with most fans not expecting to see much of him once the season began.
However, a combination of McTominay impressing and Andreas Pereira leaving on loan led to him being promoted to the first team.
Initially supporters still didn’t expect to see him get much game time but once more fate worked in his favour as injuries and lack of form to United’s other midfielders saw him rise to the occasion.
The academy product has recently established him as a regular in the starting XI and if he continues to work hard, it could be a long time before the other midfielders win back their positions, if at all.
According to the Sports Bank, Scott said to Inside United: “Obviously, there are numerous different factors that have contributed in terms of my development but the main one is Jose Mourinho.
“He’s had the faith to put me in for important matches and trusted me in really big games. So all credit goes to him. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have had chances to play and show people I’m hopefully capable of being a Manchester United player in the future.
“There’s nothing better for me than being selected in the big games. The Champions League game at Sevilla, the Champions League game before that, Liverpool, Chelsea and even the other cup games as well.
“It’s really good for me to be trusted by the manager. I hope to repay him as he’s done really well to push me forward.”
The 21 year old had a fair bit of competition to overcome and it’s a credit to him how he has done remarkably well so far this season.
Of course the Red Devils’ experimentation with the 4-3-3 formation also saw an additional man being brought into midfield which Scott McTominay also took advantage of lately.
He’s shown maturity beyond his years and more importantly has won over his manager, especially considering how Mourinho isn’t a manager who hands out trust to just any random player..