Solskjaer: Bruno Fernandes really wanted to play

Manchester United boss Olé Gunnar Solskjaer decided to hand rests to some key players for the FA Cup clash against Leicester City on Sunday.

Solskjaer started with Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba and Fred in midfield, but it didn’t really work out, with United eventually falling to a 3-1 defeat away at the King Power Stadium.

Speaking after the game, Solskjaer admitted that he couldn’t give game time to Bruno Fernandes, because the Portugal international needed a rest. Solskjaer maintained that an accumulation of games have caught up with his team, hence the need to rotate his squad.

Solskjaer said at the end of the game: “With Bruno, he wants to play, but sometimes you have to make decisions for the benefit of the team.

“The accumulation of games has caught up with us.

“We picked a team that we felt would win the game or give us a foundation to win the game, players like Donny and Paul wouldn’t.

“You’re always disappointed at the end of the line in a cup run. We couldn’t find the normal spark, brightness and energy. All the games have maybe caught up with us. Thursday was a big night for us. Today we didn’t have that zip you need to create chances and stop goals.”