Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay is set to miss the Premier League clash with Chelsea this afternoon with a knock.
McTominay limped off during United’s 4-0 Europa League win over Real Sociedad, adding to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ever-growing injury list.
Solskjaer has subsequently confirmed that McTominay remains sidelined with a minor knock and will once again play no part in United’s trip to Chelsea in what will be a massive injury blow for the Red Devils, having missed the goalless draw with Sociedad at Old Trafford.
However, it wasn’t all bad news, as Solskjaer expects Donny van de Beek to back in time for their trip to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Speaking in his post-match press conference after the game against Real Sociedad, Solskjaer said: “Donny trained today and he felt okay after training so hopefully [there is] no reaction.”
“So he should be with us. It was just a tweak [for Dan]. I need to give him until Saturday or even Sunday so, hopefully, he can shake it off, but I’m not sure.
“They [Pogba and McTominay] are out. They’ve not trained, Edinson hasn’t trained yet, so I wouldn’t be too optimistic about that, but miracles can happen.”
Given that Solskjaer previously expressed hope that McTominay could be available to play against the Blues, he may have been left feeling a little aggrieved that he will be without a player who has been tipped as the next captain to take over from Harry Maguire.
Of course, with McTominay nursing a lingering issue, it’s easy to understand why the the club legend is being so cautious, as it’s unlikely he will want to aggravate the existing problem in the midst of a busy schedule.
But that will be no small consolation to the Norwegian manager, who will once again be without one of his key men when the Red Devils make the trip to Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
United have drawn one and lost one of the last three games that McTominay has missed, while Gary Neville has stressed the importance of the Scottish international.
He said: “He is emerging and growing.
“He’s someone Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] can rely upon in the big games with Fred and Fernandes in front of them. Then Pogba, Matic and Van de Beek fit in around that.”
The 24-year-old – who is currently valued at £22.5m via Transfermarkt – has been one of the standout performers under Solskjaer, making over 80 appearances across all competitions for the manager, and has continued to grow and develop as a player under his guidance. He has scored seven goals, recording a further assist, across 32 appearances in all competitions so far this season.
Give United’s mounting injury crisis in the midfield, the ongoing situation will be giving Solskjaer a major headache. There’s no doubt the United boss will be concerned about how he is going to cope without the services of one of his star midfielders.
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