Well I think he can be and should be played further forward to be fair...but then our midfield two would be what it was yesterday, and they got outplayed by an ugly looking 17 year old. Then again when you put Pogba in a midfield two he's shite anyway. Basically I just think that even with everyone fit our midfield is shocking. I like Mctominay but the awfulness of the alternatives is a big part of what makes him look good. Injuries are a problem but then you look at the players getting injured. Shaw, Bailly, Jones, Dalot...all injury prone players...which I think already pretty much solves the mystery. Having lots of injury prone players results in lots of injuries. Jones x2 as he also likes to injury other players. Bissaka is still young and a lot of young players have a habit of picking up niggling problems. That just leaves Pogba, Martial and Lingard. Martial we know was an impact injury from during a game. Lingard was a hamstring pull...that can be a fitness issue but hamstring problems can also linger and reoccur regardless as it takes a very long time for the problem to actually fully heal and strengthen. Pogba it seems we brought back from injury, while he was still injured, which never helps. I don't think there's anything particularly mysterious about it. I think we have a number of players prone to injury and also too much pressure on players outside of the defence due to a very weak squad. Any point during the season where one of Rashford, Pogba or Martial is off firm or injured is going to border on a crisis. At the moment we have all three in one boat or the other...which actually isn't that surprising.