Solskjaer explains decision to start Paul Pogba and Van de Beek together

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Manchester United boss, Olé Gunnar Solskjaer has explained the decision to start Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek together against RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

Van de Beek had been reduced to a bit part player since his arrival from Ajax last month, and didn’t even play at all in United’s last two matches, while Pogba had been coming from the bench since the last international break.

But there have been calls for the two to get more playing time, especially van de Beek, whom the Red Devils spent £40 million on, and on Wednesday, Solskjaer bowed to pressure by starting the two.

Speaking on the decision ahead of the match, the Norwegian said, “They’ve been waiting in the wings as well, we picked a team we think can cause Leipzig problems tonight.

“Bruno and Marcus have played the last five, three for us and two internationals.

“Scott played the last three plus three internationals. So five games in 14 days, six games in 17 for Scotty.

“You’ve got to look after the players. Medically, that’s what we deemed right today.”

Solskjaer definitely nailed his tactics in that match, as the Red Devils ran out 5-0 winners against RB Leipzig— a side that reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League last season.