The injuries are mounting for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and they’re coming at the worst possible time. The Norwegian is under huge pressure to keep his job as manager of Manchester United, having overseen a disastrous run of form.
Manchester United have recorded just one win from their last six Premier League games, and just 17 points from their opening 11 games this season.
Midfielder Scott McTominay has now been ruled out of Scotland’s match against Moldova on Friday with a throat virus, with the player sent home from their training camp in Spain.
“It’s disappointing to lose the player for this game, but it’s a good chance for someone else to play in the team,” Scotland head coach Steve Clarke said on McTominay’s absence, according to the BBC. “We have good cover at centre back and in midfield.”
Despite being ruled out of the game against Moldova, McTominay could return to the side in time for their final World Cup qualifier against Denmark on Monday next week.
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Solskjaer will be hoping that McTominay’s exit is merely a precaution and nothing serious. Paul Pogba is currently serving a domestic suspension and could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines following an injury sustained with France.
Midfield compatriot Fred is also at the risk of missing an upcoming game – the Brazilian has received four yellow cards this season and will be suspended for one game if he receives a fifth warning before game-week 20 in the Premier League.
There are questions surrounding Nemanja Matic’s fitness and availability, making Solskjaer’s job much harder in terms of picking a midfield. Outcast star Donny van de Beek is yet to start a Premier League game this season.
Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford has pulled out of international duty after deciding to focus on regaining fitness following a lengthy rehabilitation program. Luke Shaw is also a doubt for England but there is no clarity on his situation yet.