SOLSKJAER DEFENDS HIS TEAM SELECTION AGAINST BURNLEY

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made five changes to the team that started the 2-2 draw with Burnley on Tuesday night, the same amount as he did in the FA Cup win over Arsenal on Friday night.

David De Gea, Marcos Rashford, Juan Mata, Phil Jones and Andreas Pereira returned to the starting XI against Burnley. It was Pereira’s first appearance in the Premier League in 2019. Rashford was positioned on the left, rather than through the middle, as Solskjaer accommodated Romelu Lukaku up front but the Belgian was withdrawn for Alexis Sanchez in the second-half. Anthony Martial missed the game due to an injury he picked in training.

Pereira was at fault for the Burnley’s first goal as he was robbed of the ball just outside the United box in the 51th minute.

Solskjaer has defended his team selection for the draw against Burnley after suggesting certain players were not 100 per cent fit.

“No, was the right decision to make,” Solskjaer said as he defended his team selection. “We had a couple of niggles and unfortunately he (Pereira) was involved in the first goal but that’s the whole team.

“We played our way into trouble there instead of starting off with the forward pass we ended up back to the keeper and it’s just another thing we have to learn from.”

United fought back from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw after Victor Lindelof scored the equalizer in added time.

Solskjaer was impressed with the desire shown by the players after going 2-0 down.

“On the way up here I was stopped so many time by the staff,” Solskjaer added. “So many people saying, ‘Great spirit fighting spirit’. And the way they came back was fantastic.

“So, of course, happy with a point but we could have got three even at the end, but we just ran out of time and we started too late. With the urgency, that’s a learning curve.

“But now you’ve got your answer. Can they come back if they go one down or two down even? So I’m very happy with the response.”