Mourinho praises McTominay after Barcelona defeat

Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho said McTominay held his own against Barca’s midfielders, even though United hardly got the ball following the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night.

“Barcelona was not Barcelona yesterday,” Mourinho told RT on Thursday night.

“I think United had one player that was responsible for that because I think Scott McTominay in midfield, he was like what I used to call – but when I use this expression it’s obviously in the total positive sense of the word. He was a mad dog.

“Pressing higher and creating problems in Barcelona building up then really aggressive on the duels.”

“Afraid of nobody. Imposing his respect. Pressing really hard with a huge range of movement a huge area of pressing.

Speaking after the match, McTominay told BT Sport: “Barcelona are top class, it’s difficult to get the ball. It’s not as easy as going out to press like mayhem.

“We have to do more in front of goal, score more. It’s a big second leg to go. It’s only half time. We’re United and you can never write us off.”

The second leg is scheduled to be played on the 16th of April.

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