Scott McTominay injury means he is a doubt for Manchester United vs Brighton, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but Harry Maguire is fine

8 Nov

Scott McTominay is a doubt for Manchester United’s Premier League game against Brighton on Sunday.

The midfielder, who has played in all 11 league games this season, was caught by a late challenge in the second half of United’s 3-0 Europa League win against Partizan Belgrade and replaced by Jesse Lingard in the final 15 minutes.

Defender Harry Maguire also appeared to pick up a knock, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he will be fine.

McTominay was substituted against Partizan Belgrade and may miss the Brighton game
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“He finished the game anyway,” he explained afterwards.

”Scott is more of a concern, so let’s see how he recovers in the next few days.

“He said he was going to be okay out on the pitch and he said ‘I’ll be fine’.

“He’s tough, but he had to come off. But I hope he’ll recover for Sunday, but I don’t know.

“Inside of his ankle. I think he went over on his ankle.”

The 22-year-old has impressed many with his leadership and commitment this season and fans will hope he is able to retain his place and keep up his record of being ever present for the visit of Brighton.

Former Old Trafford midfielder Owen Hargreaves held McTominay up as an example for his team-mates.

“Scott McTominay is what every Man United player should play like every time they step on the pitch,” he told BT Sport, while Solskjaer has also talked up the academy graduate’s partnership with Fred.

“[McTominay] has been excellent and now him and Fred have a good relationship,” he said after the Carabao Cup win against Chelsea at the end of October.

“They’re playing well together. They did it last season – there were quite a few games where they played well together when we had some injuries, like PSG and Arsenal.

“Now they’re working as a pair, but Scotty [in particular] has been excellent.

“Scott’s a leader, he’s a Man United boy, he’s come through the ranks,” the Norwegian added.

“You can tell he used to be a striker with the goal he scored against Norwich on the half-turn and he’s developing into a very good midfielder.”

And Solskjaer revealed he was happy with United’s improved attack in the 3-0 Europa League win.

Having mustered just one shot on target across their previous two European games, they had seven against Partizan.

Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all scored classy goals as Solskjaer’s men showed attacking bite.

“Very happy,” he said. “That was the reason we played the three of them as well. We felt if we played a strong team and created chances, we needed players out there to take them.

“I am very pleased with all those finishes. All three goals were high class. Of course we should have had quite a few more as well, but the first one settles us down I think.

“Mason – great composure, keeper goes early so he just changes his mind so very happy with that one. Anthony – that was probably the skill of the night, that goal.

“And Marcus, I am very pleased he scores with his left foot because he’ll need more goals with his left foot because he comes in from that position quite often, so he can go inside and outside of the full-back.”

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