Scott McTominay is facing a race against time to be fit for Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Newcastle at Old Trafford on Sunday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that McTominay is still a major doubt for their upcoming game against the Magpies.
“Of course, Paul [Pogba] is out and Phil [Jones] is out. I don’t know how Scott is. I don’t know how Donny [van de Beek] and Edinson [Cavani] will be either,” Solskjaer said in his pre-match press conference on Friday.
“They’ve got a chance, I think, so we’ve just got to give them until before training on Saturday as we need to pick a team on Saturday. We’ll see how they are and hopefully they can both be available.”
It could leave the club legend in a tight spot for the game against Newcastle as Donny van de Beek is also a doubt, having missed the trip to Turin for the Europa League clash with Real Sociedad on Thursday due to injury.
The 24-year-old beast was withdrawn with 30 minutes remaining of United’s 4-0 victory over the two-time Spanish champions after appearing to pick up a knock too long after the break, which resulted in him being replaced by Nemanja Matic.
Few would have envisaged the Scotsman would have turned out be such a roaring success after initially struggling for game time at Old Trafford.
However, McTominay’s absence would be a big loss for the Red Devils, with the Scotland international brimming with confidence after bagging three goals in his past six games across all competitions, per Transfermarkt.
Match of the Day 2 pundits Dion Dublin and Micah Richards recently praised his “outstanding” performance during United’s 6-2 win over Leeds United, linking up well with Bruno Fernandes in the midfield.
The pair are developing a blossoming partnership after Fernandes set up the young Scot for his opener against Leeds in December, as the Red Devils crushed Marcelo Bielsa’s side 6-2 to clinch all three points at Old Trafford.
With United losing their cutting edge in the league recently, having dropped points in four out of their previous five fixtures, Solskjaer faces an anxious wait over the fitness of one of his most consistent and reliable performers this season.
United play host to a struggling Newcastle on Sunday with Toon boss Steve Bruce surely keen to get one over his former club at the Theatre of Dreams.