Manchester United are hoping the players heading off on international duty all return without injuries.

Last season Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba both suffered injuries with France which kept them out for several weeks.

In 2021, Anthony Martial suffered a knee injury which kept him out of the subsequent Europa League final.

Ahead of a hectic fixture schedule in October, one Manchester United player has a more challenging task than others over the international break.

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McTominay could play three games in seven days

Each country has two matches over the next week during the upcoming international break. Scotland are the exception.

They face Ukraine on Wednesday, Ireland on Sunday, and then Ukraine again next Tuesday.

This fixture list presents a challenge for Scott McTominay, who Manchester United would much rather stays fresh.

Logic would suggest McTominay will not play all three games. At least you would you Scotland will rest him in at least one.

But we are still left with the prospect of McTominay potentially starting two of them, which is more than his Manchester United teammates may do over this break.

For instance, England have two matches, and it is likely Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire will only start one each. The same may even be possible for Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal’s two games, and for Tyrell Malacia with Netherlands’ two games, and so on.

It would be particularly helpful if McTominay sat out Scotland’s final game entirely, giving him more rest time ahead of the Premier League return.

The midfielder has been in-form for United over the past few weeks, looking like a rejuvenated player in Erik ten Hag’s system with Christian Eriksen alongside him.

He is likely to start United’s next game back, away at City, providing he returns in peak condition.

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