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Manchester United has officially announced that Scott McTominay may be a doubt for this weekend’s Premier League clash against Newcastle, after being substituted tonight against Real Sociedad.
The club reports via its official website that the 24-year-old, who has been a key figure this season, was a doubt for the Europa League match, but struggled to play 60 minutes with the Red Devils.
It is added that McTominay may not have been 100% for the first leg. The ace was replaced at the time stamp by Nemanja Matic, not the legend Nemanja Vidic as the website accidentally says.
United report that the substitution was ‘apparently planned’ by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the club waiting to see if the central midfielder is ready for the favorable tie against Magpies, a blow from injury.
It is summed up that Paul Pogba will be unavailable for the clash against United legend Steve Bruce with a thigh injury, ruling out McTominay’s most likely replacement.
According to the United website, McTominay was replaced by Nemanja Vidic
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If McTominay is deemed unavailable for the top flight match against Toon, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will start Matic or Donny van de Beek alongside Fred.
Van de Beek has seen very little action since arriving from Ajax in the summer, while Matic has played a lesser role and is now the fourth central midfield option behind Fred, McTominay and Pogba.
With Pogba out of the game, plus Van de Beek and Matic not being key players this season, we can understand why Solskjaer played McTominay in a crucial European tie, even though it posed a risk.