Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Scotland star Scott McTominay is struggling with injury.
The midfielder has been immense for Manchester United this season, scoring seven goals from defensive midfield. But in recent weeks he has struggled with a few knocks, including a stomach bug.
McTominay was a doubt for last Thursday’s Europa League tie with Real Sociedad but came through 60 minutes before being forced off. Manchester United boss Solskjaer has said the reason he missed the 3-1 weekend Premier League victory over Newcastle United was because of injury.
He said: “The two of them [Fred and Nemanja Matic] have played together before, but Paul [Pogba], Donny [van de Beek] and Scott are all injured so I’m glad I’ve got Fred and Nemanja.”
It’s one to watch for Scotland manager Steve Clarke, who’s getting closer to selecting his squad ahead of the World Cup qualifiers in March. He has already suggested the Manchester United midfielder could play his natural position after impressing at club level this term.
The Scotland boss had been deploying him at centre-back in his 3-5-2 system. Clarke is hoping to keep all focus on the March matches despite Euro 2020 looming: “June seems a long way away right now. I understand that everyone wants to speak about the Euros this summer.
“But because of the Covid crisis, we have three World Cup qualifiers in March. For me, at this moment, those three games are more important than the Euros. Normally the early games in any group sections will determine whether you have a good run of qualifying for the World Cup finals or whether you are going to struggle in the group.”
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