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FOOTBALL REPORT – OPINION: SOLSKJAER MAKES RECOMPENSE FOR TYPICALLY NONSENSICAL MAN UTD TEAM SELECTION

Bruno Fernandes has been called up to the Manchester United first team for the first time in his career.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been criticised for his ineffective substitutes. His use of Bruno Fernandes is an excellent example of how he seems to haphazardly pick his teams. When United needed to see out their first leg 4-0, he picked Fernandes from the start.

Donny van de Beek was dropped to the bench for the game against Leicester. Fernandes has played 44 times this season. The time to rest Fernandes was, for example, against Sociedad. Fred, Scott McTominay and Pogba have all featured ahead of him. Solskjaer also said, “I don’t think I would do anything differently. What goes on behind the scenes isn’t always known.”With Edinson Cavani often unavailable for selection, perhaps there is a sense of frustration about whether players are fully focused on the task at hand. But there is enough known by observers to question how Solskjaner is going about his job.

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Solskjaer has been criticised for his tactics this season. He has played out from the back with Fred, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof. The 48-year-old is now past the time when the best managers alight on an effective strategy, writes Sportsmail’s Martin Samuel. He should change his approach to the game, says Samuel. The Norwegian has only one impressive spell at Molde to be proud of, as well as a mediocre return to Norway after a disastrous time at Cardiff.

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