The former Manchester United boss often preferred McTominay over Paul Pogba.
Jose Mourinho must be smiling by the recent performances of his former team. Manchester United are struggling to perform under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Jose handed Manchester United their worst start to a season in 30 years. The poor run of results led to his sacking.
He had an ill relationship with many of the players in the last 6 months. The most famous of his spats at United was with Paul Pogba. Mourinho dropped Pogba in many games and called the Frenchman a ‘virus’. The ill relationship between the two led to the sacking of the former Chelsea boss. The ill relationship also led to the first start for McTominay. Scott McTominay opens up on his relationship with Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United’s Scott McTominay says he owes former manager Jose Mourinho for kickstarting his career — though revealed the pair initially got off on the wrong foot.
Mourinho left Old Trafford last December widely disliked by supporters but is remembered fondly by the in-form McTominay who is now reaping the rewards under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Portuguese famously gave McTominay an unexpected award — Manager’s Player of the Year — at the end of last season and the Scot was a favourite under him. “Jose was amazing for me,” he said. “Though when I first came in Jose gave me a serious, serious bing. I was arguing with one of the first team lads in training and he said ‘hey, kid, when you come into the first team, the other players — they have to like you.’ “’You’re not a superstar’, he said and I drove back to digs thinking ‘have I just ruined it for myself? I couldn’t believe it. I thought ‘I hope he knows I don’t think I’m a star, I’m the polar opposite.’ He probably just wanted to see what I was made of, what sort of lad he had on his hands.”
“You’re liked by what you do on the pitch and how you are off the pitch and I feel Mourinho saw something in me at a time some people did and some people didn’t, and I’m grateful.” McTominay also revealed he’s still in touch with Mourinho and, no matter what his legacy at United, will always consider him an ‘amazing’ boss. “He texts me and we have a good relationship,” he added. “I was sad when he left but football moves on. He is an amazing manager but we have another amazing manager in Ole.”
Jose Mourinho may have left Manchester United under a cloud but one player has a debt of gratitude to the Portuguese. It seems Jose did get the better out of McTominay during his time at Old Trafford.