Jose Mourinho Names Which Manchester United Player Was 'Scared' Against Newcastle
Jose Mourinho was largely positive after his Manchester United side came from 2-0 down to beat Newcastle, but he did still have a dig at Scott McTominay.
The Scotland international was the recipient of Mourinho's player of the year award last season after a breakthrough and made his fourth appearance of the season in today's game.
He started in central midfield before dropping back into centre-back when Eric Bailly was substituted for Juan Mata early on.
But the 21-year old academy graduate found himself hooked at the interval for a timid first-half performance - though the decision proved to be the correct one as United completely turned the game around.
And after the game, despite praising the effort and mentality of his players, Mourinho did say McTominay, who many thought was his blue-eyed boy, "was scared".
He also said similar about Marcus Rashford, another player brought off in the game, during his BT Sport interview.
Mourinho post match interview so confusing. Too much wickedness and a man hunt focussed on him, then he throws two of his young players Rashford & McTominay under the bus.- Adam Leventhal (@AdamLeventhal) October 6, 2018
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Goes on to say Rashford was "sad on the pitch" & McTominay was "scared" despite Utd comeback to win 3-2
Nice of Mourinho to throw McTominay and Rashford under the bus there.- Sam Cox (@SamRCox_) October 6, 2018
Jose Mourinho on Man United's first-half performance vs. Newcastle: "Marcus Rashford was sad on the pitch. Scott McTominay was scared on the pitch. All the players commit mistakes that were not normal." pic.twitter.com/v4JsbcNeAI- Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) October 6, 2018
Mourinho: 'Marcus Rashford was sad on the pitch, Scott McTominay was scared on the pitch.'- Paddy Power (@paddypower) October 6, 2018
Great scenes after a great comeback, but Mourinho ensures he gets his quota of digs in against his young players. Great stuff.
"Marcus Rashford was sad on the pitch, Scott McTominay was scared on the pitch," Mourinho said after the game.
"Even older players commit mistakes that are not normal.
"At half-time we had a good conversation. We didn't promise that we would win the match. We promised we would give absolutely everything without any fear, without any pressure, just the pressure of giving everything and of course they gave everything."
All in all, a rather odd post-match interview from Mourinho. Going after two of your young players in public can't be great for their confidence going forward and there was no real need to do so after a massive win.
Are his days still numbered despite the win today?
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