Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains Manchester United squad selection against Atalanta – .

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains Manchester United squad selection against Atalanta – .

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has recalled Scott McTominay and Fred from the Manchester United side to face Atalanta because of the energy they can offer in the midfield.
United are in bad shape with just two wins in their previous seven games in all competitions and they were beaten 4-2 by Leicester City on Saturday.

After that game, Solskjaer said something should give way in his squad, but the biggest name to give up is Paul Pogba, with McTominay and Fred returning to the more reliable partnership.

Atalanta are a fluid, goal-free team and Solskjaer knows United will be tested tonight, but he has also expected his side to exploit any gaps that could be left by Gian Piero Gasperini’s side.

“I think the whole pitch is going to be crucial, we have to cover a lot of ground, it’s a very aggressive and high intensity team,” Solskjaer told MUTV.

Manchester United have enjoyed a sensational transfer window, securing the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now under pressure to deliver silverware after a mixed start to the season. United face some big games after the international break.

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“We want the attackers to use the space they are giving, there are a lot of different ways we can get set up, but we also decided to start with Marcus. “

Solskjaer made three changes in total from the defeated Leicester squad this weekend, with Fred, Scott McTominay and Rashford for Nemanja Matic, Pogba and Jadon Sancho.

Of Rashford, who scored as a substitute at King Power Stadium, Solskjaer said: “He’s been working really hard, physically, his base is really good, now it’s about having minutes on the pitch and get the pace and crispness of the game. Hopefully we can give him more minutes today and see where we go. “

United are third in their Champions League group after beating Villarreal at Old Trafford in their last game. They were poor that night and needed a 95th minute winner from Cristiano Ronaldo to get the three points.

Solskjaer knows the Old Trafford faithful can play a role tonight despite the current scrutiny on his side.

“It’s a big game, we talked to the players about it, we know we are going to have them [the fans] behind us, nights like this always happen, ”he said.

“The players will show up as well, we want to start on the front of the stage to get the crowd moving, if we have a hard time I know they will support the team. “


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