Jose Mourinho says he told Manchester United star Scott McTominay to pick Scotland over England as he broke into his first-team plans.
McTominay is a mainstay for both Scotland and Manchester United now but back when Mourinho was Old Trafford manager between 2016 and 2018, the midfielder was just breaking through. A big decision on the international scene awaited too.
Picking England or Scotland was a tough choice for McTominay but Mourinho urged the Manchester United man to pick Scotland (Scottish Sun): “When he had doubts about waiting for England or going immediately with Scotland, I admit I told him, ‘Go safe’. I said, ‘You can start now to develop yourself at international level.
“If Scotland can promise you a regular place in the team at 18 or 19, then don’t think twice’. I asked him, ‘Does your heart tell you that Scotland means something to you?’ and he said it did — a lot. So that’s how he made the decision to play for Scotland. I feel those Scottish connections and this means I have a special feeling with Scott.
“First of all, he came to the first team with me and started to play. Not many people believed in him at Manchester United. He already had one foot out, or one foot on a loan. So that is the reason I feel a special connection with Scott.”