Scott McTominay’s time at Manchester United has only begun to take off but the young midfielder’s impressive performances for the club hasn’t gone unnoticed.
The Scotsman, however, has expressed his gratitude to the previous manager Jose Mourinho for giving him a break.
Speaking to the Times, the 22-year-old admitted that he shared a ‘special relationship’ with his former boss. While Mourinho has been challenged on many occasions for not bringing through academy talent, McTominay would perhaps disagree. In a significant moment from the interview, the young midfielder admitted as much:
“I’m grateful to Jose for seeing something in me.”
The Portuguese handed him his first start on the final day of the 2016/17 season against Crystal Palace. United won 2-0 on the day and would later go on to clinch the Europa League that season.
Affectionately referred to as “the kid” by Mourinho, the young Scot has put in some impressive performances for the Manchester club this season, most notably against Barcelona. The midfielder pressed high and hard, forcing the Barca players to retreat, in a breakthrough performance. Mourinho was quick to come to his praise after that particular showing. Speaking to RT Sport, the Portuguese manager was full of praise for the Scot even going to the extent of labelling him a mad dog:
“I think United had one player that was responsible for that because I think Scott McTominay in midfield he was like what I used to call – but when I use this expression it’s obviously in the total positive sense of the word – a mad dog,” he said.