Manchester United ensured safe progression through to the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday evening, thanks to a 2-0 victory away at Huddersfield Town.
One thing that the Red Devils have always been known for is promoting youth, and one man absolutely loving life in the first-team fold at the moment is Scott McTominay.
The 21-year-old midfielder has become a regular under Jose Mourinho, with the manager stating that McTominay isn’t getting anywhere near enough credit for recent performances; and I’d have to agree.
“I think Scott deserves more than what he is getting,” Mourinho told reporters, including the BBC.
“Maybe it’s because he’s this kind of kid profile: a normal haircut, no tattoos, no big cars, no big watches, humble kid, arrive in the club when he was nine or 10.
“Last season, he was almost leaving the club to go somewhere, who knows where, who knows in which division he would be playing now.
“He has now played already, I don’t know, seven or eight 90 minutes – he’s not played five or 10 minutes – in every competition: Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup.”
Like the boss says. McTominay is just a normal lad who absolutely loves football. What’s even better is that he’s plying his trade for a club that he has been at for over a decade.
When Mourinho was named manager, I wondered what’d happen to the youth policy that Manchester United has always had, but you have to give him praise for sticking with those mantras.
Alright, McTominay is a young man who’s a little rough around the edges, but he seems to be growing in confidence, and I fully expect him to become an even better player by the time next season rolls around.