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Manchester United star ruled out for 2-3 weeks

Published: Updated: 17:33, 9 Apr 2024
Scott McTominay’s absence leaves big void in United’s midfield

Manchester United has been under a persistent injury cloud this season, much like the city's infamous weather. Just as the club seemed to be recovering from its injury woes in time for the end-of-season run-in, it suffered another setback. This time, it was midfielder Scott McTominay who fell victim to an unfortunate knee hyperextension during Chelsea match.

The reports suggest that McTominay will be sidelined for up to two-three weeks due to his injury. His absence was notably felt when he was missing from the teamsheet against Liverpool - a game where his presence is usually expected given his reputation as a player for big games at United.

This development spells bad news for Manchester United, especially considering their upcoming fixtures. It is almost certain that McTominay will miss their journey southwards to face Bournemouth and he remains doubtful for United’s FA Cup semifinal clash against Coventry at Wembley.

Scott McTominay's long absence can put FA Cup dreams under clouds

With the FA Cup being United’s only chance at securing a trophy this season, coach Ten Hag will undoubtedly feel the loss of one of his most reliable players this season. Other midfielders such as Casemiro and Kobbie Mainoo have struggled with form and fatigue respectively while Sofyan Amrabat has failed to impress consistently.

Christian Eriksen seems out of favour and Mason Mount continues struggling with finding a consistent position within the team structure. Amidst these uncertainties, Scott McTominay had emerged as one constant figure in Manchester United lineup even though his own role came under scrutiny due to limited contributions in possession.

However, what makes him indispensable are his goalscoring skills and ability to create chaos in opponents' boxes - traits routinely relied upon by Ten Hag when trying break down deep defences. These are skills that seem to be lacking in the current United setup.

United need to utilise resources smartly in midfield to fill void

As Manchester United navigates through this challenging period, Ten Hag will be hoping for a smooth recovery and return of McTominay. His presence could prove pivotal in the end-of-season run-in and potentially, an FA Cup final appearance.

Scott McTominay's injury is a significant blow to Manchester United's plans. However, it also presents an opportunity for other players to step up and fill the void left by his absence. Only time will tell how well they rise to this challenge.

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