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Fernandes coming off was a tactical decision

Mon 18 January 2021 | 12:19

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists there was no problem with Fernandes and the decision to sub him off was totally tactical.

Manchester United

could only get a draw against

Liverpool

as one point was enough to keep them at the top of the table considering Manchester City have one game in hand.

Bruno Fernandes

could not score or provide an assist and looked frustrated when coming off. Ole however couldn’t care less about the speculations toward this problem.

“It was a tactical decision,”

the United boss told reporters on his late change.

“Bruno has been running his socks off for us in every single game since he came here. Running, more or less, every game.

“Towards the end, I felt Paul [Pogba's] physical presence in there might be a chance for us.

“Mason, you know if he gets a chance he can score in the blink of a second. But it was a throw of the dice to get Mason on, even though he had to defend against [Andy] Robertson.”

The Red Devils defended very well but they couldn’t take advantage of the few opportunities they had.

The Norwegian added:

“I wanted Marcus up top. Because of his pace. We just missed a few moments in both the first half and the second half to play that ball a little bit quicker or with a bit more quality.

“It was there that we could hurt them a bit because we knew about their problems at centre-back.”

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