‘He was dominant’: Jose Mourinho raves about Man United star
Spurs manager Jose Mourinho heaps praise on Man United midfielder Scott McTominay after their 2-1 win over Tottenham
Jose Mourinho heaped praise on Scott McTominay for his “dominant performance” in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.
The Spurs manager returned to Old Trafford for the first time with his Tottenham team since his sacking almost 12 months ago.
Mourinho was appointed as Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement last month to end his 12-month hiatus from Premier League management.
Tottenham beat West Ham United, Olympiakos and Bournemouth in his opening three games in charge of the Lilywhites to build some momentum.
However, Manchester United managed to secure a big victory for their top-four challenge and end Mourinho’s unbeaten start to his Premier League campaign.
Marcus Rashford broke the deadlock in the sixth minute when the England striker managed to squeeze a shot past Paulo Gazzinga at his near post.
Dele Alli continued his resurgence under Mourinho with a 39th-minute goal before Rashford restored Manchester United’s advantage in the second half.
McTominay marshalled the Manchester United midfield upon his return to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team for his first game in 24 days.
Mourinho was responsible for bringing through McTominay during his two-and-a-half seasons at the 20-time English champions.
Speaking at his post-match media conference at Old Trafford, Mourinho was full of praise for McTominay:
“They had more emotion than us. You see for example, McTominay’s performance, the globality of his performance, he was dominant. He was dominant.”
He added: “The team is not starting matches well, they are finding it a little bit difficult to find the intensity and the aggression of the game.
“I told them about Old Trafford, I told them about some of their players.
“Like for example, McTominay the way they immediately show aggression in the beginning of the game.
“Rashford even going to press the keeper. This kind of attitude that shows initially intensity. But we were not in the game in the beginning.”
Manchester United are in sixth position and a point ahead of Tottenham.