Jose Mourinho has described Scott McTominay’s performance against Barcelona to be that of a “mad dog”.
Mourinho used to lament the absence of “mad dogs” during his time at Manchester United earlier in the season. However, the Portuguese was impressed with Scotsman against Barcelona and here’s what he said on his performance:
“Barcelona was not Barcelona yesterday,” Mourinho told RT. “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.
“Afraid of nobody. Imposing his respect. Pressing really hard with a huge range of movement a huge area of pressing. Pressing higher and creating problems in Barcelona building up then really aggressive on the duels.
“I think it was a missed opportunity for both. I don’t think they were good. Both. So if one of them was better, probably in Barcelona’s case they could kill the tie. Which they didn’t because 1-0 is open.
“And Manchester United is also… Could get a different result. United zero shots on target. Barcelona I think two or three. And what surprised me more with Barcelona is that they didn’t have efficiency on the passing.
“The majority of the matches when they are not able to create they are not able to score more goals at least they keep the ball. They keep the ball from their opponent and the opponent feels always in some mental weakness because they are always running and chasing the ball.”
Mourinho is right to say that the tie is still wide open.
Barcelona doesn’t look like the team that dominated world football under Guardiola and the Catalan Club is there for the takings.
If Man United can string in a performance that we all know they are capable of we could do the unthinkable.