Manchester United’s recent resurgence has yet again suffered another blow after scans confirmed that their Scottish midfield juggernaut Scott McTominay could be out for up to eight weeks.
The 23-year old sustained an injury on his knee ligaments during United’s 4-1 mauling of Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Boxing Day and had to be withdrawn at the interval with Paul Pogba coming on.
The Scot missed his side’s 2-0 away win to Burnley but head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was confident the recent setback would rule him for a month at most.
“I wouldn’t expect him to be back within a few weeks. I don’t think we’ll see him, it’ll be more than that. But he’s always proved before if you give him three weeks he’s back in two. But I don’t know if it’s three or four weeks. It might be something like this. We just gotta find a way through it,” Solskjaer offered after the win against Burnley.
The pessimistic verdict from the medical team is now a thorn in the flesh for United lead coach particularly as Pogba remains doubtful for New Year’s Day clash away to perennial foes Arsenal after complaining of a reaction to his foot injury.
McTominay however remains optimistic of a quick return as the English Premier League gets into its defining moment- the second leg- and with a top-four finish still on the cards.
“A set back is a chance to come back stronger than ever, doing my best to be back on the pitch as soon as possible. Positive mind & keep the hard work going, thank you to everyone for the good wishes,” he posted on his Instagram account.
McTominay has been a regular starter for Solskjaer this season having only missed three Premier League games through injury as he has stepped up in Pogba’s absence.