Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Scott McTominay is ruled out of Manchester United’s clash against Sheffield United on Sunday.
The midfielder was injured in United’s victory against Brighton before the international break, and has failed to recover in time for this weekend’s game.
“Scotty hurt his ankle and will be out for a couple of weeks,” Solskjaer said in Friday morning’s press conference, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
The United boss also revealed Nemanja Matic, Axel Tuanzebe and Luke Shaw are back in training, but may not be fit to start against Chris Wilder’s side on Sunday.
“Paul is still injured, but we’ve got Axel, Luke and Nemanja back in training, so we’re looking better, getting numbers back. Maybe not match-fit – Axel, Luke and Nemanja have been out for a long time. But numbers in training, we’re stronger,” he added.
With Pogba, McTominay and potentially Matic all ruled out, United are let threadbare in midfield options. McTominay in particular has been such a key figure for the Reds this season, so will be a big loss.
We expect Andreas Pereira to start alongside Fred in central midfield in McTominay’s absence, if Matic is not yet available. This would mean Juan Mata or Jesse Lingard would start in the more advanced number 10 role. Alternatively, Matic could start which would allow Pereira to retain his role in attacking midfield.
In more positive news, Solskjaer has his preferred front three of Daniel James, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all fit and raring to go after the international break.
Predicted Man Utd XI v Sheffield United (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Young, Pereira, Fred, Mata, James, Martial, Rashford.