Manchester United braved Barcelona in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League and only came out with a few bruises in their 0-1 defeat at home. Among the handful positives from that match was Scott McTominay was a revelation and proved his run in the first team was justified and he can play at a much higher level.
For the same and right reasons, former United manager Jose Mourinho had a rather few positive remarks for the youngster.
“Barcelona was not Barcelona yesterday,” Mourinho told RT. “I think United had one player that was responsible for that because I think Scott McTominay in midfield he was like what I used to call – but when I use this expression it’s obviously in the total positive sense of the word. He was a mad dog.
“Afraid of nobody. Imposing his respect. Pressing really hard with a huge range of movement a huge area of pressing. Pressing higher and creating problems in Barcelona building up then really aggressive on the duels.
Then Jose went on to speak about the game in general :
“I think it was a missed opportunity for both. I don’t think they were good. Both. So if one of them was better, probably in Barcelona’s case they could kill the tie. Which they didn’t because 1-0 is open.
“And Manchester United is also… Could get a different result. United zero shots on target. Barcelona I think two or three. And what surprised me more with Barcelona is that they didn’t have efficiency on the passing.
“The majority of the matches when they are not able to create they are not able to score more goals at least they keep the ball. They keep the ball from their opponent and the opponent feels always in some mental weakness because they are always running and chasing the ball.”