The 21-year-old has been given a number of displays of Mourinho’s faith in him in recent weeks, starting ahead of Paul Pogba in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg away in Seville and then starting alongside the Frenchman and Nemanja Matic in a midfield three against Premier League champions Chelsea in Sunday’s 2-1 victory.
McTominay impressed against Sevilla and at Old Trafford at the weekend. Despite an error and lapse of concentration in the build-up to Willian’s opener for Chelsea, McTominay made up for it with a solid, confident and composed display against the Blues.
“It’s great when any manager talks about you, but when it’s Jose Mourinho it’s extra special,” McTominay said of the praise he was handed by Mourinho post-match.
“I just have to remain humble, and keep working hard for the team.”
It’s the right attitude from McTominay and Mourinho is not usually one to heap excessive praise on youngsters. The Portuguese must have judged McTominay’s character as to be suited to being given praise.
He seems well-grounded and sensible and that comes across both in the press and on the pitch. Mourinho will continue giving McTominay chances, particularly with injuries to Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini.