“It was a strange decision” – Merson slams Solskjaer for dropping Man Utd player for FA Cup game against Leicester

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Arsenal legend Paul Merson has slammed Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his decision not to start Bruno Fernandes for Sunday’s 3-1 FA Cup defeat to Leicester City.

Merson believes Solskjaer was wrong to rest the Manchester United star.

“When you rotate, you have to get the balance right,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“When you rotate and you win, it’s great but when you rotate and you don’t win, that’s when the problems start.

“Thomas Tuchel has probably rotated just as much as Frank Lampard did but because Frank never got the results, people said he rotated too much. But because Thomas Tuchel is getting the results, no one mentions it.

“The one player Manchester United have to play is [Bruno] Fernandes. He’s played every single week in virtually every game, then it gets to the quarter-final of the FA Cup and he doesn’t play.

“He’s played in other games where the game is sort of a dead rubber where they’ve won the first leg and he’s played. I thought it was strange and a bad result for Man Utd. Shocking.”

Fernandes has been United’s talisman this season, registering 23 goals and 13 assists across all competitions, but was only brought on after 64 minutes against the Foxes.