Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eased the pressure on himself with a crucial victory over Everton in the Premier League. A Bruno Fernandes double helped the Red Devils to all three points after Bernard had given the Toffees an early lead. Express Sport look at four decisions Solskjaer made which were crucial to the win.
Leaving Paul Pogba out
The World Cup winner has been inconsistent in recent weeks and has cost United at key moments in matches.
That was highlighted when he gave away the penalty which won the game for Arsenal last week in the Premier League.
For all the world-class talent Pogba possesses he simply isn’t reliable for United and it is too much of a risk for Solskjaer to take when his job is on the line.
He looks far more effective coming off the bench in the latter stages when the Red Devils are already in control.
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Abandoning the diamond
The diamond worked perfectly in the Champions League against RB Leipzig but since then it has become more of a problem than a solution for Solskjaer.
The reverting to a 4-2-3-1 system worked far better with players looking more comfortable and United looking more solid.
Scott McTominay and Fred sitting in front of the defence were able to sniff out the danger and keep the likes of James Rodriguez quiet for the majority of the 90 minutes.
It also freed up Bruno Fernandes who scored both goals in the crucial win.
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Choosing Juan Mata
Juan Mata is still somehow under-appreciated by so many despite his achievements at both Chelsea and United.
The Spaniard brings an air of calm to the side and while he doesn’t have the pace Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial possess he more than makes up for that with his intelligence.
With Mata and Fernandes in the midfield, United never look short on creativity which is key when going with two more defensive players such as Fred and McTominay.
The 32-year-old still has a key role to play at Old Trafford.
Reinstating Anthony Martial straight away
Anthony Martial returned from his three-match ban in the Premier League immediately.
It was the obvious decision for Solskjaer to make but the United boss does have many attacking options.
That was underlined by Mason Greenwood not even making the squad with Martial and Rashford starting and Edinson Cavani on the bench.
Martial impressed throughout and stretched the Everton defence creating crucial space for his team-mates.
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