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Jose Mourinho Reckons Scotland Should Be Calling-up Scott McTominay

Jose Mourinho Reckons Scotland Should Be Calling-up Scott McTominay

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has urged Scotland to call-up youngster Scott McTominay – before Gareth Southgate and England get their first.

The impressive and physically imposing 21-year-old midfielder has established himself as a regular in the United squad this season, and started yesterday’s 2-0 FA Cup win away at Huddersfield Town.

McTominay, who qualifies for Scotland through his grandparents, only made his first-team debut towards the end of last season but has now made 14 appearances in total for the Red Devils, eight of them starts, and has turned out in every competition including the Champions League.

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After yesterday’s win, Mourinho was full of praise for McTominay – and had a rather blunt message for new Scotland boss Alex McLeish.

Speaking to MUTV, via the BBC, Mourinho said: “Honestly, I think Scott deserves more than what he is getting.

“Because it looks like England is missing him, if I was Alex McLeish, the first thing I would do would be to [making phone gesture] come to me.

“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.”

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Scotland’s first match under McLeish comes next month in the friendly against Costa Rica, and given Mourinho’s glowing endorsement, you’d think McTominay will certainly feature in his thinking.

What do you make of the Special One’s comments? Is McTominay ready to play international football? And would he get into Scotland’s starting XI?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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