Jose Mourinho “has a great affection for Scotland”, but is not a fan of “the English”.
According to former Scotland manager Craig Brown, Manchester United manager Mourinho was instrumental in persuading Scott McTominay to declare his international future to them instead of England.
Brown says that Mourinho has always been fond of Scotland since his beginnings in coaching, and that he came to England to “beat” the English, not former United boss Alex Ferguson.
“I read somewhere Sir Alex Ferguson was influential in McTominay’s decision. But the most influential guy will have been Jose Mourinho,” Brown told the Daily Record.
“Mourinho has a great affection for Scotland. He did his coaching badges at Largs and loved his time here.
“When he started at Chelsea I was at Derby and I met him at a reserve game – in the hamburger queue.
“I was watching the game with the Derby reserve team and I said to him, ‘Don’t you think you can come to England and beat Alex Ferguson?
“Mourinho replied, ‘No chance, it’s not him or the Scottish I want to beat – it’s the English!’
“If the boy had said to Mourinho, ‘Scotland or England?’ I think Mourinho would have steered him down the Scotland route as he is so well disposed to Scotland. I believe Mourinho would also be supportive of him playing for Scotland.