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Manchester United hand Champions League debut to 20-year-old midfielder

Scott McTominay has featured a few times this season but tonight represented another significant moment in his burgeoning career.

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HIGHLY-RATED MIDFIELDER Scott McTominay was handed a very first Champions League start by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho tonight.

The 20-year-old has featured for the senior side on a number of occasions, making his debut at the end of last season, but his inclusion in United’s starting XI for tonight’s clash with Benfica at Old Trafford represented another significant step in the right direction.

He was named alongside Nemanja Matic in a more familiar 4-2-3-1 formation, after Mourinho dabbled with a back-three against Tottenham last weekend.

The youngster already earned some praise from Mourinho this season after he did well in the recent League Cup win over Swansea. McTominay started that game, having come on as a substitute in United’s 1-0 victory over Benfica in the reverse Champions League fixture just six days earlier.

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