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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains decision to drop Jadon Sancho for West Ham clash


Sancho was taken off in the first half during the defeat to Young Boys (Picture: Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained his decision to drop Jadon Sancho for Manchester United’s clash against West Ham, referencing his involvement in Tuesday’s defeat to Young Boys and his ability to make an impact off the bench.

The winger, United’s £72.9million summer signing, started in the Red Devils’ last three games – wins over Wolves and Newcastle and the loss to Young Boys in the Champions League.

That shock European defeat saw Sancho replaced in the first half following Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card which reduced the team to 10 men.

McTominay returns after groin surgery (Picture: Getty Images)

For the Premier League clash against West Ham, Solskjaer made a further two changes from the Young Boys defeat, with Mason Greenwood, Raphael Varane and Scott McTominay coming back into the side as Donny van de Beek and Victor Lindelof drop out.

Solskjaer told Sky Sports of the changes: ‘Jadon’s [Sancho] started the Tuesday game and we found the decision better to leave him here now and the chance to come on and make a difference if we need him to.

‘Scott [McTominay] and Fred of course they’re back in, they’re a partnership that we see here, we want to have their energy here today.’

United will be looking to bounce back after their disappointing midweek defeat, which started off their Champions League campaign in the worst way.

In the Premier League, meanwhile, they occupy third place in the table having picked up three wins and a draw in their first four games heading into the Sunday’s fixture.

They face an unbeaten Hammers side, who have won two and drawn two under David Moyes this term.


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