MOURINHO REVEALS WHY HE STARTED MCTOMINAY IN DEFENCE AHEAD OF ERIC BAILLY AGAINST WEST HAM

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho surprised many with his decision to start Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay in defence ahead of Eric Bailly.

Mourinho revealed after the 3-1 defeat to West Ham that he opted to play McTominay in defence because he needed quality balls out of the defence.

“I felt we needed quality on the ball on the building up from the back and Scott McTominay has that quality with the ball,” Mourinho said.

“Everything that left his foot was correct, was accurate, the passes to Ashley Young on the right, the passes to Matic, the passes to the striker, everything was accurate from him.

“A part of a special character, a special personality, that a team in a negative moment needs this kind of mentality like Scott McTominay has.”

When asked if all of the United players had that particular mentality, Mourinho replied: “Not all of them.

“But every player is a different player, is a different person, like you you are not the same, you are different people, you have a different personality from your fellow on the left and your fellow on the right.

“Football players are the same, Scott McTominay is a kid with a special character, he’s very young but he’s aggressive in the right positive way, he’s brave, so he’s a special kid.”

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