Solskjaer hints at rotating squad against Istanbul Basaksehir

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Olé Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted he could rest some of his players when Manchester United take on Istanbul Basaksehir later on Tuesday night.

The Red Devils face the Turkish side, after losing the first leg 2-1 away at Turkey, and could strengthen their hold on Group H with a win.

And while players like Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire have featured often for the club, the coach has suggested the game tonight could be an opportunity to allow some of his players get some much-needed rest.

He said, while speaking on the 5 substitutes rule, which is still in use in the UEFA Champions League, “Yeah, five subs, it is not a relief, but a chance to rest players earlier.

“If you want to make subs at half-time you still have a chance to rest players. I like the five subs and I like the size of the squads because you can have more in the squad.

“I like the size of the squads because the players feel involved, especially during lockdown. Sometimes if you’re told you’re not in the squad you’ve got to stay at home and you can’t go and see your friend or see the game with a friend.

“Bruno, he isn’t going to play every game for sure.”

The last time Fernandes got some rest at United was back in the Carabao Cup game against Brighton, so it would he interesting to see if he’s rested today.