Mourinho helped me become ‘a better person in general’

Date published: Wednesday 25th April 2018 10:19

Jose Mourinho helped Scott McTominay on and off the pitch at Manchester United.

McTominay has burst onto the first-team scene this season after making his professional debut last May.

The midfielder has made 20 appearances this season, with Mourinho even dropping Paul Pogba to hand the youngster opportunities.

McTominay says Mourinho has had an indelible effect on him not only as a player, but also as a humanoid.

“Jose Mourinho has been absolutely incredible to me this year,” McTominay told ManUtd.com. “He’s helped me so much in terms of what I can do, from being more humble, to being better on the training pitch and just being a better person in general.”

“When I first came into the group he said ‘the players have to like you’ and it’s one of the most important things going into a new dressing room, that you are a likeable person and you get on with everybody. That has stood me in good stead.

“It’s important to be liked and on the pitch. It’s the manager having the faith to play me that’s been incredible and I can’t thank him enough.

“To be selected to go on the [pre-season] tour was a really good achievement for me. There were some really good games that I got involved with.

“I came on against Real Madrid and obviously as a young kid to play against Real Madrid was incredible.

“Throughout the year I have been giving some experience to the younger players such as Angel [Gomes]. You have to help them and tell them what people like and possibly what they won’t like. You have to pass your knowledge on, just like Michael Carrick has done for me.”

 


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