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Solskjaer explains the reason he substituted Ronaldo & Fernandes in UCL

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains on why he substituted Christiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes in their UEFA Champions League defeat from Young Boys.

Ronaldo had opened scoring for Manchester United during that match, but things went sideways after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card.

When asked about the changes in his post-match press conference, Solskjaer explained: “The game had gone 70-odd minutes, they had been running a lot, both on Saturday and today.

“The astroturf takes its toll as well and we wanted Nemanja’s experience to keep hold of the ball and Jesse’s legs.

“Ronaldo is exceptional… But we have to look after him as well and it felt like the right moment to take him off.”

Manchester United boss believe there’s still a room for the learn from that match’s loss, as well he spoke about red card, Solskjaer said: “I can understand why he gives it because Aaron take a touch that goes too far. It’s never a dangerous tackle because it hits him on the front of his foot.

“We’ve seen sometimes – a bit like Harvey Elliott [at Liverpool] – bad injuries and there was never reckless or malicious. But probably a little bit inexperienced to go through without having the ball… But it makes it difficult after that with 10 men. “That’s football for you at the highest level. A lack of concentration, make a mistake and you get punished. We did that last year in Europe, we conceded two very sloppy counter-attacks against [Istanbul] Basaksehir and we lost that game.

“That’s football for you at the highest level. A lack of concentration, make a mistake and you get punished. We did that last year in Europe, we conceded two very sloppy counter-attacks against [Istanbul] Basaksehir and we lost that game.

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