Manchester United give injury updates on Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw
Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw could miss Manchester United’s Carabao Cup quarter-final with Everton on Wednesday.
The duo started in United’s 6-2 thrashing of Leeds on Sunday but Shaw came off in the first-half due to illness and McTominay was forced off late on with a groin strain.
Shaw, 25, reported at United’s team hotel an hour later than the rest of his teammates on Saturday night as he had been unwell and was only passed fit on Sunday morning.
McTominay, 24, netted United’s first two goals in their biggest victory over Leeds since 1959 and would have likely been rested for the Goodison Park tie.
“Yeah, I think so,” Solskjaer said when asked if both players were doubts. “Luke has been ill for a few days and only passed fit this morning. Didn’t train yesterday. Scott it seems like a groin issue, so I don’t know. Hopefully it won’t be too long and he’s not had any muscle injuries before so we don’t know how quickly he’s going to recover.”
McTominay claimed his first league goals since March and has re-established himself as one of Solskjaer’s prime midfielders in a trusted trio with Fred and Bruno Fernandes.
The Scotland international endured a slow start under Solskjaer, who started McTominay once in his first 13 games in charge, but he has developed into one of United’s most physical performers.
“We knew they were high energy and intense moments,” Solskjaer added. “But the movement of the front lads and the cleanliness of some of the moves made Scott that space in front of him with the ball at this feet.
“He’s a physical monster. He does all his work every single day meticulously – never shirks anything and he gets his reward by his fitness.
“His technical work as well is improving, the space in front of him he can run (into). He can do everything. He used to be a striker and knows how to score goals. I think he proved today that he’s a handful in and around the box as well.
“I’m very pleased with him and that energy and drive in attack like this was important.”
United last lifted silverware in May 2017 but are a game away from their fourth semi-final under Solskjaer, who suffered defeats in all three cup competitions last season.
Everton have not won a trophy since the FA Cup in 1995 and Solskjaer likened Wednesday night’s quarter-final to a ‘cup final’.
“Every game is a cup final for us,” he stressed. “I said that the last few times, so every game is massive. Wednesday against Everton is also massive.
“But of course this game will have taken its toll physically so we have to approach every game to win it.
“Every team and manager have got their own style and setting up a team against another team, I think you think more about yourself than the opposition.
“My teams are playing their own game and, for me, we are good on the counter-attack but I want us to be better and better to control the games, dominate games and today was a game that we earned the right to counter-attack by some great defending.
“But I don’t think it was just counter-attacking. There was some good passing moves as well.”