Solskjaer explains team selection against Newcastle

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Manchester United boss, Olé Gunnar Solskjaer, has explained the reason he chose the team he used against Newcastle United on Saturday evening.

The Norwegian rang five changes to the side that started the game against Tottenham, leaving the likes of Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Donny van de Beek on the bench.

But explaining the reason for the decision, Solskjaer said he wanted the team to show response, energy and attitude.

He said ahead of the Newcastle clash, “We want a response, energy and attitude, lads who go out and fight as a team and play as a team.

“If Harry Maguire was fit no doubt [he would start]. He wants to prove himself and he is resilient enough, it would be worse for him to be sat home watching the lads.

“Scott and Fred are one of the partnerships we’ve used. They’ve both got great athleticism and can get around the pitch. That’s one of the things we need to improve on, to get a screen of the back four. Last time we were a bit open.”

Solskjaer’s tactics seemed like they were going to backfire initially, but thankfully, they have paid off, as the Red Devils picked up all three points on the night, scoring 4 in the process, with three goals coming late in the game.

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