Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has lauded the performances of Scott McTominay and Ashley Young following his side’s 2-1 victory over bitter rivals Liverpool.
While Marcus Rashford was named the man of the match after his two goals won all the points for United, it was the performance of Ashley Young at left back that really got fans buzzing.
Despite not naturally being a left-back, the former Aston Villa winger kept the Premier League’s joint top scorer Mo Salah quiet throughout the 90 minutes.
Speaking to MUTV, the Portuguese coach said:
“Everybody did a job, you mention Young, I’d mention the kid Scot because of his age, because of his first derby.
“Everybody did a good job but you are right Ashley against Salah, we prepared the game very well, Ashley has great experience.
“I think Liverpool in the second half were also playing a lot through the centre, allowed us to close more people in the inside, more people were close to each other, but Ashley was brilliant, yes.”
In a different interview, Mourinho defended young midfielder Scott McTominay after sections of the Old Trafford crowd jeered a backward pass.
“I am upset with the reaction they had with Scott McTominay. A kid of 20 years old was making all the right decisions and they wanted him to make the wrong decisions. When he decides to break the intensity of the game, it was a wonderful solution and the fans reacted against the kid. That was the bad one. To react against me, that was not the problem.”
Fans had also booed Mourinho’s decision to replace Rashford in the second half, despite his two goals.