After winning all three of their opening Champions League group stage matches, Manchester United could afford to rest one or two players ahead of Sunday’s huge Premier League clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho still deployed a strong team against Benfica on Tuesday night - with the likes of David de Gea, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial all starting - but Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were all named among the substitutes.
Mourinho also handed a start to academy graduate Scott McTominay, the 20-year-old midfielder who came on against the same opponents as a stoppage-time sub two weeks ago.
McTominay, who was born in Lancaster, helps United continue their remarkable 80-year tradition of a homegrown player featuring in each one of their squads since 1937.
But how did the youngster perform?
Watch: McTominay's individual highlights v Benfica
All in all, he was pretty impressive, especially when you consider this was his first Champions League start.
McTominay didn’t look overawed by the occasion and produced several eye-catching moments on the ball.
You can watch his individual highlights here…
What Man Utd fans made of his performance
And what did Man Utd fans make of his performance?
Let’s check out the reaction on Twitter…
Mourinho on McTominay's performance
Mourinho was asked to give his assessment of McTominay’s performance in his post-match press conference.
The Portuguese coach was quoted by United’s official website as saying: "Scott? Even more fantastic with a manager who never gives a chance to a young guy! In Chelsea, [I selected] the youngest player ever to play in the Champions League, I think, in Dominic Solanke.
“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.”
It looks like Man Utd may have unearthed yet another gem.
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