The latter half of United’s campaign this time around has been rather inconsistent, despite wins over Chelsea and Liverpool.
And being the turret gun of words he is, Jose Mourinho delivered a critical rant regarding his side’s recent performances after the win against Brighton in the FA Cup. Many players were criticised, and an embarrassingly few amount of players were praised.
One of the players who fell under the former bracket was youth product Scott McTominay. The Portuguese did not hold back, and concluded that it was the youngster’s worst performance in a United shirt.
The 21-year-old seemed, and still seems like a promising prospect for the Red Devils, and Mourinho is aware of that.
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However, that is precisely why the gaffer did not discourage the talented midfielder despite the rough outing, but merely delivered a reality check in the dressing room following the FA Cup victory, which was revealed during the post-match interview with BT Sport.
“Because you play very bad but did the basic things that a player has to do and one of the basic things is to keep emotional balance,” the former Chelsea boss stated, referring to McTominay.
“To play with that red shirt – which is a heavy one, is a heavy shirt to wear – and the kid in his worst performance by far, he was there. He was not afraid to play, he played bad and every player can play bad.”
Character and composure is something every sportsperson needs in their career, especially at a young age. Therefore, the United tactician’s concerns are clear and understandable in this case.