Manchester United have been handed a major fitness boost for their upcoming Premier League game against Watford after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveled that Scott McTominay is in contention to play his first game this year.
Speaking at a press conference after the Club Brugge game, Solskjaer said ‘I think he might be in the squad. He had a rest day today, so let’s see how he is tomorrow.’
McTominay sustained a knee injury in the Red Devils’ 4-1 Boxing day victory over Newcastle but has recovered ahead of schedule. His addition to the squad will give the manager precious options in midfield ahead of the crucial Premier League fixture.
‘He’s a physical specimen, he’s a leader. He never shirks a tackle and he brings everyone with him. He can sit with Nemanja and Fred, or he could be one of the runners in midfield’ the Norwegian said. ‘We don’t really have enough runs past the striker. He used to be a striker, Scott, so he’s used to being in the box.’
The 23-year-old had been in fine form before the injury, playing 23 times for the Reds and scoring three goals.
Fans are excited about the prospect of seeing McTominay play alongside new signing Bruno Fernandes, with most seeing Nemanja Matic as the one most likely to give way when the Scotsman is ready to start.
Scotty McSauce back on the bench for the Watford game. Very happy with that news, he has become such an integral part of this team. Fantastic attitude and desire for this club, all young players should be looking at him and Rashford on how to make it at this club.
— Craig Sharpe (@CraigCharles23) February 21, 2020
— Kavita Ndolo (@kavitandolo) February 21, 2020
Fred, McTominay & Fernandes should be our first choice midfield with everyone available and it’s important we get them gelling together as soon as possible. With Matic ready to slot in when needed it’s a solid base to build on (and hopefully means less of Pereira/Lingard).
— Sibs (@SibsMUFC) February 21, 2020
Matic has been in good form lately and is a more natural holding midfielder, but McTominay will bring an energy, drive and personality to the position that more than compensates for his lack of experience in the role.
The Serbian is likely to keep his place in the starting line-up on Sunday, though, as the younger player is eased back to match fitness with minutes from the bench.
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