Scott McTominay.

Solskjaer confirms an injury for McTominay

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay disappointingly suffered an injury during the Boxing Day victory over Newcastle United.

The Scotland international began the match with great intensity and flew into two early challenges in quick succession, one of which – against Sean Longstaff – resulted in an unfortunate knock.

Despite that early blow to his knee, McTominay bravely played on for the remainder of a goal-laden first half before he was eventually replaced by Paul Pogba for the start of the second period. 

Although it is too early to say at this stage, the manager suspects our marauding midfielder has sustained some form of knee-ligament damage.

As a result, McTominay was seen leaving Old Trafford on crutches.

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Speaking in the post-match press conference at the Theatre of Dreams, Solskjaer gave this update to reporters:
“He’s done his ligament in his knee, probably. We don’t know how bad it is, so let’s see. 

“The boy has got the biggest heart of the lot. He played until half-time but we know when they stiffen up after. We’ll have to find out tomorrow, how he is. 

“You see the attitude of the kid, of everyone, in the beginning of the game. I’m not sure if he’ll be ready for Saturday [against Burnley]. Probably not, but we’ve seen him recover before.”

United are back in action in under 48 hours, away to Burnley in the Premier League. 

That match is set to kick off at 19:45 GMT and, as Ole reports, McTominay appears likely to miss out on the action. Thankfully, Pogba has now made two positive substitute appearances since returning from injury.

The powerful Frenchman produced an all-action cameo against Watford last weekend and looked classy once again, during his 45 minutes of second-half action in Boxing Day’s win over Newcastle.

The starting XI against Burnley will be officially announced at 18:45 GMT on Saturday night. 

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