Olé Gunnar Solskjaer has cited the need for his players to be fresh and ready as the reason for his team selection against West Brom.
The boss made 5 changes to the team that faced West Ham in midweek on Tuesday, as we progressed to the quarter finals of the FA Cup.
David De Gea, Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes were all in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Baggies, although United failed to clinch the win.
Speaking about the selection, Solskjaer told the media, “It’s a relentless season and the scheduling of course is not kind. We need to try and keep as fresh a team as possible and be ready, both mentally and physically. It’s about keeping a tightness in the group. We’ve lost a few players, some injuries and some we sent out on loan.
“Everyone now knows within the squad that they’ll be asked to contribute and we just want to keep going!”
“Edinson (Cavani) still looks young when he’s on the pitch. Hopefully, we have something to cheer about after the game. But today it’s about coming here, doing a professional job. We know it won’t be enjoyable until we score a few goals. We must dig in and be professional.”
“Attitude is vital in football. If you work hard, do all the basics right and earn the right to play your football. Then the talent and skills to come through. Hopefully, we can create chances. Then we need to take them and be ruthless in front of goal. You don’t like too many games going to the wire as we have done too many times this season.”
United remain unbeaten in away games in the Premier League this season, although a win would have been better tonight.