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Mourinho lauds ‘fantastic’ McTominay

Jose Mourinho has described Manchester United youngster Scott McTominay as a ‘fantastic player’ after he put in yet another impressive display.

With United’s midfield gripped by a seemingly never ending injury crisis, Jose Mourinho has entrusted the 21-year-old to play from the start in four of the last five games.

Against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, he was given the job of keeping Eden Hazard quiet, a job in which he did very well, with the Belgian being replaced by Pedro in the 73rd minute.

Speaking after the game, the United boss was full of praise for the academy graduate:

“I think Scott’s a fantastic player, a player that is, what I call, the modern midfield player, which in the end is a bit of what the top midfield players of the past were,” Mourinho said.

“He can do everything. The only thing that he’s not doing yet is scoring goals, which he can. But because I’m giving him different jobs, he’s not yet free to do that. We’re starting with the basics, and the basics he is doing wonderfully.

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“He can score goals, he has that talent, in pre-season we understood that, but we are adapting him to a multi-functionality and he’s doing fantastic jobs for us, like he did in Sevilla against Banega and today against Eden.

“So I’m really happy with the player, but I don’t like to individualise. I think Matic was phenomenal, I think Pogba played a fantastic game for our midfield.

“I could speak about my central defenders too, the effort of the guys in attack, the mission that Alexis (Sanchez) had to be the third attacking player but the fourth midfield player to try and cover the area in front of Scott.

“So I think everybody made a big effort, the result could be a draw, but in our second half we were more confident, we felt more confident with the defensive base, and if somebody deserves a victory – it’s us.”

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