Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes young midfielder Scott McTominay deserves more credit than he’s currently receiving for his performances, reports the Daily Star.
The 21-year-old has been introduced to the first-team this season, featuring in the Premier League five times, Champions League three times, EFL Cup three times and FA Cup twice.
However, McTominay has been a regular of late in the league, playing in United’s last two outings, and Mourinho feels he deserves more credit for his form.
“Honestly, I think Scott deserves more than what he is getting. I think maybe it’s because he’s this kind of kid profile: a normal haircut, no tattoos, no big cars, no big watches, a humble kid who arrived at the club when he was nine or 10,” the United boss said.
Mourinho also admitted McTominay came close to leaving the Red Devils, with game time alluding him last season, but now his future looks to be at Old Trafford.
He added: “Last season he was almost leaving the club to go somewhere, who knows where, who knows in which division he would be playing now? I think the kid deserves a little bit more (recognition).”
The midfielder was born in England but has chosen to play for Scotland at youth level. The Three Lions haven’t made any indication of wanting him, so Mourinho hopes new Scotland manager Alex McLeish will call him up to the first-team soon.
“Because it looks like England is missing him, if I was Alex McLeish the first thing I would do would to be say ‘come to me’,” Mourinho said. McTominay has 13 appearances in all competitions this season and could well hit 20 before the campaign comes to a close.
He’s a defensive midfielder who’s highly industrious and seldom gives the ball away. While not showing as much creativity in possession just yet, McTominay’s confidence will grow the more games he plays in. With Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic for inspiration, the youngster should develop well.