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United finally have strength in depth

  • Published at 05:20 pm October 29th, 2020
Rashford
AFP

It was not until Fernandes and Rashford were on the field that United ran away with the game but Solskjaer said the basis had been built without them

Manchester United’s 5-0 rout of Bundesliga leader RB Leipzig in the Champions League Wednesday showed that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally has the strength in depth that was sorely missing last season.

The result against last season’s semi-finalist was all the more impressive given that Solskjaer gave key players a rest from the starting line-up and fielded an untested midfield combination.

Marcus Rashford, who struck three times after coming on as a 63rd-minute substitute, was allowed to start on the bench given the confidence Solskjaer now has in Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, who both scored, in his attack.

Bruno Fernandes was held back for the second half as well with new signing Donny van de Beek given his first start outside of the EFL Cup.

Paul Pogba has not started since the 6-1 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, but was recalled along with Nemanja Matic.

It was not until Fernandes and Rashford were on the field that United ran away with the game but as Solskjaer noted, the basis had been built without them.

There was even a cameo appearance for new signing Edinson Cavani, who had a goal disallowed in the latter stages, but after being forced to over-play a number of players last term, Solskjaer can now rotate like other big clubs.

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