Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained the surprise omission of Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and David de Gea from his Manchester United starting XI to face West Ham at the London Stadium.
The trio started in Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain but Solskjaer has opted to refresh his side as Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Dean Henderson and Mason Greenwood all start.
Solskjaer has explained he doesn’t want to risk aggravating De Gea’s injury from the victory over Southampton.
Henderson earns his first Premier League start in de Gea’s place but Solskjaer hopes the Spaniard can return for Tuesday’s decisive clash away to RB Leipzig.
Meanwhile, Rashford and Fernandes are also nursing slight knocks and Solskjaer has explained that he does not want to risk two of his most important players.
With Pogba, van de Beek and Greenwood returning, United still have more than enough quality to overcome David Moyes’ in-form West Ham side.
The Reds can move into the top four, albeit temporarily, with victory at the London Stadium this evening.
Listen to Solskjaer pre-match below, via MUTV:
💬 Ole talks team news ahead of #WHUMUN! 👇
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