The 20-year-old was handed a place in the match-day squad for the last five games of Man United’s 2016/17 campaign, making his debut against Arsenal and playing the full 90 minutes against Crystal Palace.
He was included in United’s pre-season squad and notably impressed against Real Madrid and Valerenga, scoring his first senior goal against the latter.
And Mourinho, according to the Daily Record‘s Duncan Castles, will now give the youngster a chance to impress further in the first team next season.
The Portuguese evidently sees something different in McTominay. United’s squad is bustling with big names and indispensable assets, and anybody from below who breaches that must have something truly special about their game.
You can only gauge so much from pre-season and a dead rubber at home to Palace, but McTominay, whenever handed the chance, has looked blissfully comfortable in midfield.
He is firstly a hard worker – a disciplined performer capable of carrying out his manager’s methods, but what really catches the eye, at least to me, is the way he manipulates both the ball and space around him.
The Scot has a wonderful knack for always finding pockets of space, nursing the ball well and looking to shift play forward whenever possible. A safe pair of hands, you could say. In fact, there isn’t anything ostensibly spectacular to the way he plays, but there is a hidden, idiosyncratic charm to how goes about his game – and Mourinho understandably wants to probe it further.