Jose Mourinho has praised youngster Tahith Chong after he made a positive cameo in Manchester United’s first pre-season friendly.
Manchester United have jetted out to Los Angeles to continue their pre-season preparations, but have had to do so without 15 first team players thanks to their involvement in the World Cup, a number of injuries, and Alexis Sanchez’s difficulty in obtaining a US visa.
Their first game of the tour was a 1-1 draw against Mexican side Club America in Phoenix, Arizona, with Mourinho bringing on promising youngster Tahith Chong as a second half substitute, with the Dutchman putting in an impressive performance on the right wing – a problematic area in Mourinho’s squad.
Asked about the 18-year-old’s performance, Mourinho has some positive words of encouragement for the United youngster:
“Yeah he was good, he came with the intention to show [his quality] in a moment where we have no strikers on the pitch. Martial was the only one and then he left,” the Portuguese manager told MUTV.
“No strikers, but we needed people to create and have initiative which he did. He put in the cross for the goal which was a beautiful action. He was enthusiastic, he was confident to play.
“Of course physically he has his limitations, and when he has one more touch and allows the body contact, he loses for everyone, but when he makes the ball move and when he attacks people one against one, he has qualities. He is a good kid.”
Chong won the Jimmy Murphy Team Player of the Year award at the end of the 2017/18 season, the award for the best U23 player, previously won by Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.