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Fans Are Seriously Questioning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's In Game Management

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Fans Are Seriously Questioning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's In Game Management

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had his in game management seriously questioned, after United's penalty shoot out loss to Villarreal in the Europa League final.

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Solskjaer started with his most attacking line up in Gdansk on Wednesday night, with Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani all starting.

However it didn't translate to an all out attacking performance on the night, with United struggling to break Unai Emery's side down for much of the 120 minutes.

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And the five attacking players were on the pitch for most of that time as Solskjaer failed to make a substitution until the 100th minute, when Fred replaced Greenwood, whilst Villarreal made all five of their allowed subs in the 90 minutes.

Solskjaer eventually made five as well, with two coming on just for penalties, but left his extra one, for the added half an hour, on the bench.

The manager's use of subs has been called into question before but, in the aftermath of David de Gea's penalty miss, fans really turned on his in game management.

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Rashford staying on was of particular bafflement to many United fans, and neutrals, with the forward struggling to find form throughout the game.

Greenwood posed the side's greatest threat for much of the match but found himself subbed off, as did certain penalty taker Pogba, although the team did score 10 of their 11 spot kicks.

Even Solskjaer's decision not to take De Gea off before the shoot out was questioned. Extra time brought an extra sub and the former Atletico Madrid keeper's penalty record is a poor one.

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He hasn't saved a penalty since 2016 when he saved one from Romelu Lukaku, who has since joined the club and left, whilst Dean Henderson has saved eight in that same spell.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: David De Gea, Football, Europa League, Manchester United, Villarreal, Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, La Liga

Ryan Sidle
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