Jose Mourinho urges Scotland to call-up Scott McTominay
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hailed the progress of Scott McTominay whilst suggesting that Alex McLeish should reward the midfielder with a maiden call-up to the Scotland national side. The 21-year-old has been integrated into the first-team squad this term, and he has already made 14 appearances in all competitions.
Speaking to MUTV, Mourinho was pleased with the efforts of McTominay during the club's 2-0 win over Huddersfield in the FA Cup fifth round. The Portuguese tactician added that the 21-year-old does not get his due recognition, and believes McLeish should make it a priority to secure the midfielder's future before England notice him.
"We had some players that missed but we had some players that played so, so well. 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. I think the kid deserves a little bit more [recognition]. And because it looks like England is missing him, if I was Alex McLeish the first thing I would do would be to [makes phone gesture] come to me," he said.
McTominay made his first-team debut for United during their 2-0 defeat at Arsenal last season. He continued to make an impression for the Red Devils during their pre-season tour of the United States, and this convinced Mourinho to promote him to the first-team squad.
The youngster has started in each of the previous two outings for the Red Devils, and he has a good chance of maintaining his position against Sevilla in the Champions League with Mourinho likely to play a 4-3-3 formation to field Paul Pogba in his preferred left midfield position.
Manchester United had struggled to find the fluency playing on the road to Benfica and Basel during the group stage of the competition, and Mourinho will probably demand more from his side this time around as they look to gain a decent advantage ahead of the last-16 return leg at Old Trafford.