Solskjaer defends his decision to field a weakened squad against Leicester City

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted that he was left with little option than to heavily rotate his team for the Premier League clash against Leicester City.

Manchester United played Aston Villa over the weekend, and then had games against slated for Tuesday and Thursday, with a schedule of three games in five days.

The United manager made ten changes from the team that beat Aston Villa 3-1, as he handed a Premier League debut to teenager Anthony Elanga. Axel Tuanzebe who hadn’t featured since a shock defeat to Sheffield United was also given a start, as well as youngsters Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood.

Solskjaer also handed a rare Premier League start to summer signing Donny van de Beek and also Amad Diallo and Juan Mata.

Defending his line-up, Solskajer said before the match: “That was the only way to do it, that is the strongest we can get but I am looking forward to it.

“These boys will do everything they can for the team and it is a chance for them to play their way into the next game against Liverpool.”