Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the reason why centre-back Victor Lindelof didn’t feature in our Champions League defeat against Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Norwegian stated that the Swede had a back injury prior to the game against the Turkish side.
Youngster Axel Tuanzebe partnered captain Harry Maguire, but was substituted at half-time after struggling over the first 45 minutes.
Despite Lindelof being on the bench, Solskjaer instead opted for Scott McTominay at the break, while Nemanja Matic dropped from midfield into defence.
The Norwegian explained after the match that Lindelof would have been brought on were it not for an ongoing back problem.
“We decided to make a few changes,” Solskjaer said of his selections after the match. “Nothing especially different to what we’ve always done tactically.
“We just didn’t perform. I think these players have played loads of games together, it was just maybe Donny [van de Beek] was the new addition.
“Victor has got a bad back so he couldn’t play and Axel stepped in.”
Solskjaer also gave his reason for substituting Tuanzebe at the break.
“Well, it’s a yellow card here,” said the manager. “We needed to go for it and gamble to go forward, so the yellow card made my decision there.”