Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was pleased with the performance of young midfielder Scott McTominay against Chelsea on Sunday. The 21-year-old was picked up to feature in a three-man midfield alongside Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, and he managed to live up to Mourinho’s expectations with a strong performance.
McTominay made an early mistake which allowed Willian to find the scoresheet on the counter-attack. However, the youngster thereafter stuck to his task of limiting the supply to Eden Hazard, and the manager singled out his performance for praise.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Mourinho hailed McTominay as the ‘modern midfield player’ and believes he can add goals to his game, should he be offered more freedom on the field, he said: “He is a fantastic player, a player that is a modern midfield player, he can do everything.
“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. I think in the future he can, we saw that in pre-season, but I am very happy with him today.”
Following his comments on McTominay, Mourinho was quick to turn his attention to season arrivals Nemanja Matic and Alexis Sanchez, and believed that the pair were equally influential as United secured a 2-1 comeback win over the Blues.
The victory sees United move to second in the Premier League standings, and they now have a six-point gap between themselves and fifth-placed Chelsea, who face a challenge to finish in the Champions League places after three defeats in their previous four outings.