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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed before kick-off that his decision to put Bruno Fernandes on the bench against West Ham was due to a minor injury.
The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes against Paris Saint-Germain in Wednesday’s Champions League game, and the 3-1 loss means Man Utd cannot afford to slip against RB Leipzig the next week or he will face an unwanted team. Elimination in the group stage.
Matches have been intense and fast lately, and Solskjaer clearly had one eye on Tuesday when he named his starting lineup for the match at London Stadium.
Fernandes dropped onto the bench alongside Marcus Rashford, while the Norwegian also mentioned why David de Gea had been completely left out of the team.
“Marcus (Rashford) and Bruno are two important players for us, and lately they have been kicked from here to there, especially Bruno’s foot has hurt since the Southampton game,” he told the club media before kick-off.
“The decision was easy to leave it out, hopefully I don’t have to wear it tonight.” (De Gea’s) injury against Southampton is something we don’t want to take a chance on, so obviously he played PSG and I hope we can have him ready for the Leipzig game as well. “
Solskjaer was able to name Paul Pogba in his starting lineup for the first time since United’s 1-0 loss at home to Arsenal, while Donny van de Beek was rewarded for his recent impressive cameos with a midfield spot alongside Scott. McTominay.
“We have a strong team, it’s always a selection headache,” added Solskjaer. “So of course they have a chance to prove themselves and show what they can do. They’ve had a start and stop season as well, but they’re ready and I’m sure they’ll perform tonight.