The 22-year-old had been handed his maiden first-team appearance by the Portuguese tactician in United’s defeat against Arsenal near the end of the 2016/17 campaign.
And after emerging as a standout performer at Old Trafford, McTominay explained he owed Mourinho a ‘tremendous’ amount of credit for believing in him.
Scott McTominay revealed he remains in contact with former Man United boss Jose Mourinho
The Scottish international was handed his maiden first-team appearance by the 56-year-old
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: ‘I obviously don’t want to speak too much about previous managers but Jose’s very special to me. He still keeps in contact with me now and keeps in touch with me after some games.
‘He’ll always have a special place in mine and my family’s heart because he was the one who brought you in, he was the one who trusted you, he’s the one who had belief in you.
‘I owe a tremendous amount of credit to him because if it wasn’t for him I might not necessarily be sat in this seat.’
McTominay had been fielded in several positions during Mourinho’s tenure, including as a makeshift centre back, and has also emerged as a key man under successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
McTominay has emerged as a standout performer for the top flight side since his debut in 2017
The Scottish international believes that remaining focused on the present is the key to success.
Questioned about how he had felt in the build-up to his debut, McTominay added: ‘It just came around so quickly, you don’t even have time to think about it. And then when you do you have to take it, and if you don’t then you’ll probably be somewhere else.
‘I think you’ve just got to take life and football as it comes. You can’t think too far ahead, you can’t cast your mind back to three years ago because circumstances change.’
The midfielder had been named by Mourinho as the Manager’s Player of the Season in his penultimate year at Old Trafford – despite having made just 13 appearances for the top flight giants at the time.
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