Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains team selection vs. Aston Villa

Speaking to reporters ahead of his side’s Premier League match against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained his team selection.

The Red Devils were most recently in action on Wednesday night.

Having faced David Moyes’ West Ham United in the Carabao Cup, Solskjaer, who named a much-changed side, was forced to watch on as the Londoners came away victorious following a narrow 1-0 win.

Coming into Saturday’s early kick-off, the Norweigan has once again named a much-changed side, including star striker Cristiano Ronaldo making a return to action following a rare rest during mid-week.

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Addressing his decision to change the entire side, Solskjaer (as quoted by MEN) said: “They are fresh, prepared well, have worked well this week.

“A few on the bench Wednesday night. We have prepared really well. Early kick-offs… It’s hard when you play Wednesday night. That’s part of the reason we did what we did on Wednesday night.”

United’s starting 11 will see David De Gea take Dean Henderson’s place in between the sticks with a back four made up of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, captain Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw.

Midfield will be occupied by a defensive duo Scott McTominay and Fred with Paul Pogba stationed on the left flank.

Bruno Fernandes will operate as a number 10 with Mason Greenwood and Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of him.

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