Scott McTominay will miss Ukraine clash through suspension

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay will miss Scotland’s crucial UEFA Nations League clash against Ukraine through suspension.

The 25-year-old picked up his second booking of the campaign after getting involved in a second half melee in yesterday’s clash against Republic of Ireland.

The in-form Red Devil picked up the caution in what was a feisty and heated clash at Hampden Park.

Photo By Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

United’s number 39 received a yellow card after his clash with Derby County’s Jason Knight.

Steve Clarke’s Scots came from behind to beat Ireland 2-1 and stay top of their Nations League group with one game remaining.

It was McTominay’s header which was handled by Allan Browne and resulted in Ryan Christie scoring the winner from the penalty spot.

Scott McTominay will miss Ukraine clash through suspension

McTominay’s suspension means Clarke will have to come up with an alternative solution for the crunch clash against the Ukrainians in Krakow on Tuesday night.

The Scots need just a solitary point to secure Nations League promotion and a play-off berth for Euro 2024.

But they’ll have to do it without McTominay who picked up a booking in the 87th minute.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Having previously been deployed at centre-back for his national side, McTominay has been back in his favoured engine room role for his beloved Scotland this month.

After a difficult start to the campaign, the 36-time Scotland international has elevated his game to a new level and is becoming undroppable under Erik ten Hag, despite United signing Casemiro from Real Madrid.

McTominay has established a good partnership and understanding alongside Christian Eriksen.

His suspension against Ukraine means he won’t play three games in seven days for his country, which may delight Ten Hag.

McTominay will return to Carrington fresher ahead of next Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

The Scotsman could have been suspended for the trip to face Manchester City had the clash against Leeds United not been postponed due to Her Majesty The Queen’s funeral.

McTominay was on four bookings ahead of the clash against fierce rivals Leeds and a yellow card would have ruled him out of the game against Pep Guardiola’s Citizens.

Thoughts? Comment Below
Passionate Football fan that completed a NCTJ-accredited Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism in 2016.