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EFL Cup: Solskjaer Shouldn't Be Blamed For Manchester United Exit

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Manchester United head coach Ole Gunner Solskjaer has come under immense criticism following his side early exit in the League Cup.

Manual Lanzini's ninth-minute goal for West Ham United was enough to knock the Red Devils out of the Carabao cup.

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However, the criticism coming Solskjaer's way is borne out of his team selection against such strong opposition, knowing fully well that last Saturday's premier league meeting wasn't an easy ride despite United winning 2-1.

However, I feel Solskjaer made the team selection basically because of good reasons, and I will state my reason below.

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Firstly, the Norwegian gaffer fielded many of his fringe players, he decided to give some minutes to players like Juan Mata, Jadon Sancho, Dean Henderson, and many others. Solskjaer tried his best with that selection and he isn't the only one that fielded his fringe players in that competition but it was just unfortunate that the Red Devils players failed to utilize the opportunity.

At least, fans clamoring for the constant usage of players like Van de Beek, Anthony Martial, and Jadon Sancho can see that the coach should not be blamed if these guys don't see more playing time as the season progresses.

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Secondly, the team selection was made so that the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandez, and Paul Pogba would be given the much-needed rest ahead of the upcoming matches.

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The aforementioned players can not be involved in every match the club plays so that they don't wear out.

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Conclusively, Solskjaer will have an easy decision to make as the season progresses with many other competitions ahead of the club, and those decisions could see the likes of Nemanja Matic, Jadon Sancho, Jesse Lingard, and other fringe players play a more limited role. The Norwegian gaffer was just a circumstance of his player's lackluster attitude and the blames should be directed to the players who failed to impress.

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