Phil Jones And Chris Smalling Left Out Of Manchester United's Matchday Squad To Face Chelsea
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dropped Chris Smalling and Phil Jones for the club's opening game of the season against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
The Norwegian instead included Axel Tuanzebe in the 18-man squad, while Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka made their debuts.
United's new defensive duo are joined by Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw at the back while club captain Ashley Young dropped to the bench.
United XI vs Chelsea. #mufc [MUTV] pic.twitter.com/izOhdRMmhL
- United Xtra (@utdxtra) August 11, 2019
Solskjaer said on Friday that "you will tell by the team selection" who he wants here this season. Telling that Tuanzebe makes the bench ahead of Smalling, Jones and Rojo.
- Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) August 11, 2019
Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira made up Solskjaer's three-man midfield, while Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford started up front for the Red Devils.
Plenty of Manchester United fans were delighted with the team sheet ahead of kick-off.
Here is just some of the reaction from Twitter this afternoon:
For the first time there is no Phil Jones, Smalling and Young in the starting line up.
Shows how much we've struggled as fans. pic.twitter.com/czghoXXI3p
- Genius (@GeniusMUFC) August 11, 2019
Opening day of the season and Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are nowhere to be seen in the squad.
- The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) August 11, 2019
Smalling & Jones not even in squad & no matic in starting XI! If that continues, it at least shows us Ole is trying to change us :punch::punch::punch:
- :beginner:FlexUTD:beginner: (@FlexUTD) August 11, 2019
No Smalling and Jones but Tuanzebe in. Oh my god yes.
- Elliott (@URelliott) August 11, 2019
#MUFC fans seeing Ole has dropped both Smalling and Jones from the matchday squad pic.twitter.com/W4vc85bfyk
- Managerial Mindset (@ManagerialMinds) August 11, 2019
Manchester United ran riot on Chelsea on Sunday in a thumping 4-0 win to open their Premier League season.
Marcus Rashford gave them the lead from the penalty spot during a close first-half in which Chelsea hit the woodwork twice.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men pulled away after half-time in devastating fashion on the counter-attack.
Anthony Martial doubled their lead after converting a low cross before Rashford added his second, taking in a delightful long ball from Paul Pogba before sliding it past Kepa.
Daniel James replaced Andreas Pereira in the 74th minute - and his goal rounded off a brilliant opening weekend for Manchester United.