Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Scott McTominay has suffered knee ligament damage in Manchester United’s emphatic victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford.
McTominay engaged in several strong challenges and has been pictured leaving Old Trafford hobbling on crutches after being replaced by Paul Pogba at half-time.
The midfielder, who was out for three weeks in October with an ankle problem, has been one of United’s best player’s this season and been a mainstay in Solskjaer’ side when fit.
His absence will mean Pogba is likely to come in against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.
This is a huge blow for the United boss, and the Reds will need to prioritise a midfield signing in January if it is indeed a long-term injury layoff for the Scottish international.
Meanwhile, goals from front three Anthony Martial (2), Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford secured the three points, after Matty Longstaff had given Steve Bruce’s side a surprise lead.
It’s rare for United to perform when the onus in on Solskjaer’s side against a deep-lying defence, but they were clinical against a sloppy Newcastle side this evening.
Solskjaer’s side were again lethargic in the opening quarter, but switched on after Newcastle’s opener and looked dangerous every time they ventured forward with Martial and Rashford causing all sorts of problems.
But McTominay’s injury will be a key concern for Solskjaer, and you can hear what he had to say below, as quoted by BBC Sport journalist Simon Stone in the post-match press conference.
OGS on McTominay: "Done his ligament in the knee don’t know how bad. Biggest heart of the lot. Played until half-time. Not sure if he will be fit for Saturday. Probably not."
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) December 26, 2019
— utdreport (@utdreport) December 26, 2019