Cape Town - Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sweating
over the fitness of midfielder Scott McTominay after he picked up a knock
McTominay was an injury doubt for the visit of the Seagulls
to Old Trafford after hobbling off late on in United's 3-0 win over Partizan
Belgrade on Thursday with what also appeared to be an ankle problem.
The 22-year-old, who was United's Player of the Month for
October, had another fine game in the heart of the Reds' engine room and almost
grabbed his third goal of the season in the 3-1 victory that lifts Solskjaer's
men up to seventh in the Premier League table.
But, with seconds left in stoppage time, the Scotsman went
down after a tangle of legs with an opponent and looked to be in some pain as
he rolled around on the turf.
Solskjaer looked ashen faced as he watched on and, speaking
to the media at his post-match press conference, the Norwegian could not be
sure about how serious the injury would be to McTominay.
"He went over on his ankle," said Solskjaer.
"It's a painful one. I had one and was out for eight
weeks but sometimes back in two. Scan tomorrow. Scotty is not one for rolling
It looks unlikely that McTominay will be joining up with
Steve Clarke's Scotland squad for their final Euro 2020 qualifiers against
Cyprus and Kazakhstan later this month and his involvement in United's next
game - against Sheffield United on November 24 - also appears in doubt.
United face Astana in the Europa League after that but, with
qualification from Group L already secured, won't need to take a full-strength
squad out to Kazakhstan for that one.
The real blow for United and McTominay will come if he is
forced to miss the first Manchester derby match of the season - at the Etihad
Stadium on December 7.
- TeamTalk Media