Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Scott McTominay will be out of the Manchester United squad for some time due to a ligament injury in his knee which he suffered against Newcastle United. The Scot was called off the pitch during the second half and Manchester United fans now desperately want the club to find a proper replacement.
During the summer transfer window, Manchester United had tried to get Sporting SP’s Bruno Fernandes to fill in the role of a centre-midfielder. However, the Portuguese club maintained that they didn’t want the playmaker to leave. It is being reported that Man Utd might reignite their interest in the player again this January.
Man Utd have been unlucky with their central midfielders right from the start of the season. Paul Pogba has been sitting outside the squad for most of the campaign earlier this year and now when he is making his way back into the team, another midfielder who has been showing some promise is forced to sit out due to injury.
Fred has failed to live up to the £52million price the club paid for him, and 21-year-old McTominay has been one of the players of the season so far. However, he collided with Sean Longstaff – who was a target for United during the summer – in the second half of the 4-1 win at Old Trafford.
After doing so, he was taken off and replaced by Pogba, who himself is returning from a lengthy spell away from the side through injury. After the game, Solskjaer confirmed that the academy graduate has suffered a knee ligament injury – which could keep him out of the side for a long time.
Fans immediately took to Twitter to beg club chief executive Ed Woodward to get the chequebook out in January and sign reinforcements in midfield.
“Such a shame for Scott, he was essential for us this season. New midfielder in January is a necessity,” one wrote.
Another demanded: “Now if you don’t buy 2 midfielders in Jan, Ed Woodward will probably be a dead man walking.”
“McSauce took one for the team. Now we can go and sign a midfielder,” one posted.
“McTominay getting a knee injury means it’s suicidal to our season to not buy a midfielder in January,” another proclaimed.
“Surely we will buy a midfielder in the Jan window now?” one asked.
Another demanded: “If Scott’s done his knee ligaments then Man Utd need to buy a defensive midfielder in January. No messing. It’d be the negligence of the highest order not to buy.”