Scott McTominay vs Paul Pogba
Man United beat Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.
One of the big surprises when the team sheets came out was the absence of Paul Pogba from the Man United XI.
It’s been a few difficult weeks for Pogba at Old Trafford. He’s been dropped by Jose Mourinho, while the French star has also had injury problems.
Against Liverpool it was confirmed that Pogba was out with a knock picked up at training.
And, on Monday morning in the Times, details of how Pogba got injured have been revealed. It’s all Scott McTominay’s fault, as readers are told:
It has emerged that Scott McTominay is the player whose challenge on Paul Pogba has left United sweating on the France midfielder’s fitness before their Champions League round-of-16 showdown with Seville.
Pogba missed Saturday’s victory over Liverpool after sustaining an injury in United’s training session on the eve of the game. It is understood that Pogba was injured after being unintentionally caught by McTominay.
To be clear, there is no suggestion that McTominay took out Pogba on purpose.
Yet, the upshot of Pogba’s injury has been more game time for McTominay.
Man United vs Sevilla
After a goalless draw in Spain a few weeks ago, Man United will be looking to beat Sevilla on Tuesday night in the Champions League.
United will advance to the quarterfinals of the competition if they can beat Sevilla at Old Trafford.
Sevilla warmed up for Tuesday’s match by losing 2-0 at home to Valencia in La Liga last weekend.
That defeat left Sevilla fifth in the Spanish top flight, but they are hanging onto their top six status.
Villarreal are a point behind Sevilla, while Girona are two points adrift.