Solskjaer explains why he had to take off Van de Beek in our defeat against Istanbul Basaksehir

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that his substitution of Donny van de Beek in our Champions League defeat to Istanul Basaksehir was purely a tactical decision.

The Dutchman was named in the starting XI against the Turkish side, and despite impressing, he was replaced by Paul Pogba after an hour, with Solskjaer leaving more defence-minded midfielders Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay on the pitch.

Although the Norwegian was pleased with Dutch midfielder’s performance, he stated that a change in system was the reason for substituting the player.

Speaking at his post-match press conference, Solskjaer said of Van de Beek: “Tactically we had to change something towards the end and we brought other players on.

“I thought Donny got on the ball well, he shows his intelligence.

“And sometimes I felt the whole team were leaning way too much over to the left, we were too open down our righthand side and too many players wanted to play that football over to the other side.

“So Donny was a part of the team today and he’s come into the club and he’s shown the quality.

“Today he didn’t really get the opportunity to shine.”