Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe both started in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Swansea in the EFL Cup last night and earned the praise of manager Jose Mourinho after the game.
McTominay put in a solid performance in the centre of the field while Tuanzebe was composed at the back. It was his great run forward in the second half which lead to Jesse Lingard’s second goal to seal victory.
The kids are always the kids. When they play, it’s nice and it’s good. When they perform well, it’s even better. I think they both had good performances.
I would say especially Scott, as he had a big influence in the game in a crucial area. He was very comfortable and strong in midfield. I tried to give Axel good protection. I think Axel started a little bit shaky but he got stability and had a good performance.
I decided to play with three because also Victor was perhaps not coming with his confidence levels very high so I decided to play both with the experience of Smalling. It was good for the players to have confidence.