LONDON (AFP) – Jose Mourinho described Scott McTominay as “fantastic” in response to his decision to select the young midfielder ahead of Paul Pogba for Wednesday’s Champions League last 16, first-leg draw with Sevilla.
Pogba had been left out of the starting line-up for the goalless draw with Mourinho apparently unhappy after the French star withdrew from last weekend’s FA Cup win at Huddersfield Town citing illness.
That followed criticism from Mourinho of Pogba’s recent performances, with the Portuguese making a statement by selecting McTominay in midfield.
Mourinho later complained that there had been too much focus on Pogba before and after the match.
“In my pre-match interview I had four questions and three were about Paul, and Paul was not even playing. That’s a bit strange,” he said.
“If I was a journalist, I would ask if the Manchester United manager agrees that Scott McTominay had a fantastic performance, and my answer would be that yes, he had a fantastic performance. He looked a senior player.