'He is the future of Manchester United' – Matic heaps praise on McTominay

The 20-year-old made his first Champions League start on Wednesday, and his team-mate is predicting big things in the future

Scott McTominay is the future of Manchester United, according to his team-mate Nemanja Matic. 

McTominay put in an impressive performance in his first Champions League start on Wednesday, as United defeated Benfica 2-0 at Old Trafford.

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Matic, who started alongside McTominay in central midfield, feels Wednesday's game is just the beginning for the United academy product. 

"I think Scott is going to be a great player and already is a great player," Matic told MUTV.

"He’s very young, very talented and physically strong.

"I’m sure he is the future of Manchester United and I enjoy playing with him because he also works really hard and is very confident.

"I’m going to help him in training because I think with his potential he's going to be a big star for Manchester United."

United manager Jose Mourinho also praised the 20-year-old, and used his performance as an opportunity to hit back against critics who claim he doesn't play young players. 

"Scott? Even more fantastic with a manager who never gives a chance to a young guy," Mourinho said.

"In Chelsea, [I selected] the youngest player ever to play in the Champions League, I think, in Dominic Solanke.

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"Again, with a manager who never gives a chance to young guys.

"I’m very happy for Scott, [he has] great stability and great personality."

McTominay has made two Champions League appearances for United this season but is still awaiting his Premier League debut. 

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