Solskjaer explains why he didn’t play two buzzing talents against Crystal Palace

Olé Gunnar Solskjaer has explained the reason he didn’t bring on Shola Shoretire and Amad Diallo in the goalless draw against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

With the game looking set to end in a stalemate, many thought the gaffer would throw on the youngsters, who have shown little sparks for United at both the academy and senior levels.

However, that never happened, and when asked why he didn’t bring them on in his post-match interview, Solskjaer explained he thought the players he had on could make a difference.

“We had Marcus [Rashford] out there, Mason [Greenwood] out there, Bruno [Fernandes] out there,” he said.

“Scotty [McTominay] came on to give us a goal thrust and almost had a chance straight away. We put Dan [James] on for some pace and with those out there that’s most of our goals that we’ve had.

“Of course, we had Shola or Amad but which one of those five would you take off? That was my quandary in the last 10 or 15 minutes.

“But I felt in Mason, Bruno, Marcus they could get a goal. Scotty and Dan actually had a chance each when they came on.”

United have now played three consecutive goalless draws, and trail Manchester City by 14 points, ahead of this weekend’s clash at the Etihad.