LEICESTER, United Kingdom: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended his decision to reshuffle the squad as Manchester United lost 3-1 in the FA Cup quarter-finals in Leicester.
Solskjaer made five changes to the squad that beat AC Milan in the Europa League group 16 rematch on Thursday.
Paul Pogba returned to the starting line -up but Bruno Fernandes started on the bench until the second half, while Marcus Rashford was not listed in the squad to King Power Stadium.
Solskjaer’s tactical change took its toll when they lost for the first time in 30 domestic matches away.
Mason Greenwood equalized after Kelechi Iheancho blasted home Leicester’s opening goal, but second -half goals from Youri Tielemans and Iheanacho ended Solskjaer’s championship dream.
Now Solskjaer’s only hope of lifting his first trophy as United’s manager is through Europa League competition.
“I will bring down the same squad again. Every team selection has a specific reason.
“On Thursday Bruno broke all his records and he was also human. He played every game every three or four days.
“It’s a chance to start Donny (Van de Beek) and Paul (Pogba) but the number of matches may affect us.
“We know we have a reserve player who can come in and bring about change. Everyone can see our sharpness is not like before,” Solskjaer said.
Without any trophies since 2017, United are now 14 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and face Granada in the Europa League quarter -finals in April.