Paul Merson expresses surprise with Solskjaer’s decisions against Chelsea

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Popular pundit Paul Merson, has revealed he was left ‘flabbergasted’, following Olé Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to play a somewhat weakened team in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea.

Solskjaer had left Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial out of the starting lineup, and Merson believes it was a wrong move judging by the magnitudes of the fixture.

Writing on his column for Sky Sports, the former Arsenal man said: It’s clear that Man Utd’s next two league games are more important than the FA Cup semi-final. More important than winning a trophy. I cannot catch my breath.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to win something. If he wins the FA Cup it’s massive for him. There are only a few trophies he can win in a season.

“I was flabbergasted at his team selection. I couldn’t believe it.”

Merson also went on to compare Solskjaer’s decision to what Mourinho would have done were he still in charge, and said the Tottenham manager definitely would have stuck with his strongest side.

He continued: “If that’s Jose Mourinho, he is playing his strongest team. You win trophies. You are judged on trophies!

“If Mourinho was in Man Utd’s position yesterday, knowing he has Arsenal in the final, he plays his strongest possible team.”

The truth remains that football is an unpredictable sport, and sometimes, things just won’t go your way.

Indeed, Olé could have started with his strongest side, but then, even Manchester City lose games while fielding their strongest eleven, so it’s what it is– football!