There’s injury concern for Scotland star Scott McTominay ahead of a weekend match with Newcastle United after he picked up an injury on the continent for Manchester United.

The in-form midfielder was subbed during the second half of an impressive 4-0 win for Manchester United. Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James scored the goals in Turin as they beat Real Sociedad in the first leg of a Europa League round of 32 clash.

Real Sociedad v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg One

A good display. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

On an overall impressive night for Manchester United, there was a negative. McTominay was replaced by Nemanja Matic as he struggled with a knock, the Scotland star recently battling a stomach problem.

He is rated as a doubt for Sunday’s Premier League fixture at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Newcastle United alongside fellow midfielder Paul Pogba, who is suffering with a thigh problem.


McTominay was a doubt for Thursday’s Europa League fixture but managed to power through 60 minutes worth of action before heading off the pitch. He has been in fine form this season domestically, scoring seven goals with one assist.

Real Sociedad v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Round Of 32 Leg One

A sore one. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

For a defensive midfielder, it’s pretty impressive. But Scotland boss Steve Clarke now faces a decision over whether to keep him in midfield or continue playing him in defence, where has played at entre-back in a 3-5-2 system.

He’ll be hoping it’s not a serious injury for McTominay ahead of World Cup qualifying next month. Meanwhile in Rome, Scotland star Kieran Tierney made his return from injury as Arsenal drew 1-1 with Benfica, both the Gunners and Red Devils’ away ties moved to Italy due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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