Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that Scott McTominay could make his Manchester United return in the Premier League against Watford on Sunday.
McTominay has been sidelined since suffering knee ligament damage against Newcastle on Boxing Day and has been working hard on his recovery ever since.
The midfielder took part in first-team training this week as the squad flew out to Marbella during the maiden winter break.
Solskjaer decided he was not yet ready for the Europa League game against Club Brugge on Thursday, but he could now feature at Old Trafford on Sunday.
“I think he might be in the squad. He had a rest day today, so let’s see how he is tomorrow. I’m not surprised because that’s the type he is,” the United boss said, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.
“He’s a physical specimen. He’s a leader, he never shirks a tackle and he brings everyone with him. He can sit with Nemanja [Matic] or Fred, or he can be one of the runners in midfield.
“We’re talking about that today, that we don’t have that many runs past the striker. He used to be a striker before, so he’s used to being in the box.”
It’s easy to forget the impact Mctominay had on Solskjaer side early on in the season.
The Scottish international established himself as one of the most important players in the starting eleven with his dynamism and energy in midfield.
But Fred and Nemanja Matic have formed a solid partnership in his absence and he’ll have to work hard to return to having a regular starting spot.
The addition of Bruno Fernandes has also provided some necessary midfield competition.
Fernandes should start most games in the number 10 role leaving McTominay, Fred and Matic to compete for a role in a defensive midfield double pivot.
We look forward to hopefully seeing McTominay’s long-awaited return from injury this weekend.