McTominay injury could benefit Donny van de Beek

Scott McTominay has been omitted from the upcoming Scotland international squad.

Sky Sports report McTominay’s absence is due to an injury.

It is both a surprise and not a surprise at the same time.

McTominay had an injury heading into the season before playing all 90 minutes against Leeds.

He then started on the bench against Southampton due to the injury, before coming on as a second half substitute.


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Despite the signs being there of a fitness issue, McTominay is a key player for Scotland and has battled through the issue for United, so it is surprising his national side are not insisting he does the same.

It is a positive for United that McTominay will get a rest in early September for his injury to heal up.

But there is also now a likelihood McTominay will not be available this coming weekend.

Scotland will have checked on his fitness and if McTominay’s injury has flared up after the weekend, that will have led into their decision.

A boost for Donny van de Beek

An injury to McTominay is a blow for United but it will work to the benefit of Donny van de Beek.

Although Van de Beek was still omitted for Nemanja Matic last weekend, the Serbian’s poor performance means he is unlikely to be recalled.

Van de Beek did well away at Wolves last season and he will hope to be recalled for this fixture.

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A partnership between Van de Beek and Fred may be United’s best option this coming weekend if McTominay is unfit.

The duo did well last season paired in the 4-1 home win over Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League win at Old Trafford.

More and more questions are being asked about Van de Beek’s role at United, by pundits and fans alike, with Rio Ferdinand weighing in. It would be to his benefit to get a start before the upcoming international break.

Van de Beek impressed in the pre-season win over Everton and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to consider turning to him on Sunday.

If it wasn’t due to happen already, McTominay’s injury makes a recall more likely.

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