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SPECIAL ONE HAS ‘SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART,’ ADMITS SCOTLAND STAR

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SCOTLAND midfielder Scott McTominay has admitted Jose Mourinho holds a “special place in my heart”.

And the Manchester United youngster revealed ‘The Special One’ still keeps in contact with him, despite being sacked by the Old Trafford outfit in December.

It was the charismatic Portuguese gaffer who handed McTominay his United debut when he brought him on in a Premier League game at Arsenal in 2017.

The 22-year-old, who played in Steve Clarke’s side’s 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over San Marino at rain-lashed Hampden on Sunday night, told Sky Sports News: “Jose is very special to me.

“He still keeps in contact with me now and keeps in touch after some games.

“He’ll always have a special place in mine and my family’s heart because he’s the one who brought you in, he was the one who trusted you, he was 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 sitting in this seat.”

McTominay is now a regular for club and country with Mourinho’s successor Ole Gunnar Solksjaer making him a first-pick on matchday as he attempts to steer the side back on course after a dodgy start to the campaign.

The skilful engine-room operator was linked with Celtic in a loan deal arrangement during Brendan Rodgers’ time as Hoops boss, but any possibility of a temporary switch was scuppered when the player gate-crashed the United first team.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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