Jose Mourinho delighted by ‘fantastic’ Man United star’s display at Sevilla
Jose Mourinho heaps praise on Scott McTominay following his strong display for Man United at Sevilla
Jose Mourinho has admitted his delight at how Scott McTominay performed for Manchester United during their goalless draw with Sevilla on Wednesday night.
The Manchester United manager opted to play the young midfielder from the start for the Champions League last 16 clash in Spain as he dropped Paul Pogba to the bench.
As it turned out, Pogba was called into action in the first half nevertheless because of an injury to Ander Herrera.
However, McTominay produced an assured performance for the Red Devils as he played the full 90 minutes of the Champions League clash in Seville.
And Mourinho has admitted that he was delighted by the 21-year-old’s performance for Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash in Spain.
Speaking at his post-match news conference, Mourinho said: “In the press conference, the questions were about Paul [Pogba] but the question should be about the kid. He was fantastic. He did everything well.
“He put pressure on Ever Banega and stopped him playing, he’s their playmaker. I think Scott was brilliant. The midfield started really well and Paul made a big effort to go into the dynamic when he came on and he had a positive performance.
“He looked a senior player, he looked a player with great maturity, with tactical sense, with a sense of responsibility, good in possession, good in the pressing.
“I think Scott McTominay looked a man with dozens and dozens of matches in the Champions League, when this is only the second one.”
McTominay has made 14 appearances for Manchester United in all competitions so far this season.
He will be hoping to be involved once again when Manchester United return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon with a crunch clash against Chelsea FC at Old Trafford.
Manchester United head into that game in second place in the Premier League table as they bid to try and at least finish in the top four this season.