Manchester United have been dealt a major blow with the news that Scott McTominay will miss the trip to Bramall Lane.
The Scottish midfielder had been hoping to overcome the odds and be fit. He missed Scotland’s international games in the past 10 days thanks to injury.
McTominay has become a vital player in the middle of the park for Manchester United. Alongside Fred, he has slowly established a grip on proceedings from the middle.
However, the latest report (Mirror) suggests that McTominay will now miss out on Sunday. Indeed, he will be missing for two weeks with an ankle injury.
With quotes taken from MUTV, McTominay’s absence was confirmed by his manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“Scott will be out for a little while still. He has not been training with us. He is still recovering and hopefully we can see him. Maybe around the time of Tottenham or City”, Solskjaer said.
“He heals quickly, Scotty. But he is not going to be ready for Sheffield United or Astana, definitely.”
The midfielder has seized the chance given to him by Jose Mourinho in the Red Devils’ first-team. Since Mourinho thrust him into the limelight, he has ensured he is a regular pick under Solskjaer.
Why McTominay missing is a boost for Sheffield United
Sheffield United like to control games from the middle of the park. With McTominay out, it eliminates one key player from the opposition.
Despite his young age, McTominay’s size, mobility, and calmness in possession make him a tough player to come up against in midfield. With him not available, that task might fall on experienced midfielder, Nemanja Matic.
Matic is apparently close to a return and could well come back into the fold at Bramall Lane. The former Chelsea man will be hoping to get back to the sort of form which saw him dominate for Chelsea a few years back.
For Scott McTominay, however, it looks like Manchester United will have to be patient as they seek to get the 22-year-old back.