Ole Gunnar Solskjaer snubs Man Utd tactic fans love despite success vs Everton

Manchester United fans wait with bated breath before each matchday to see which side Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has selected.

And time and time again, the Old Trafford boss decides to snub Donny van de Beek and summer wantaway Paul Pogba.

But on Wednesday evening, against Everton in the Carabao Cup, Solskjaer went with the duo and Bruno Fernandes in the middle from the outset.

However, both Pogba and Van de Beek have been benched for the trip to Leicester this Boxing Day lunchtime.

So, why after working so well in midweek, has Solskjaer again went against using United's three best midfielders as a trio?

United left it late to beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park.

The Red Devils were the better team, especially in the first half an hour or so, with Fernandes at the heart of United’s creation.

Van de Beek was signed in the summer from Ajax though has found chances hard to come by given his attacking instinct.

But with a semi-final spot up for grabs, and Solskjaer desperate for silverware, the boss wanted to be on the front foot.

The Dutchman was slightly rusty, as he continues to miss out on Premier League starting roles.

Pogba, meanwhile, is in and out of the side on a regular basis – but on his day he can still provide a whole lot for the Red Devils.

Pogba and Fernandes both showed willingness to run back when required against Everton, but their starting position is probably too deep for clashes with their top four Premier League rivals.

Nevertheless, it was a starting line-up that allowed United to create opportunities, even if none were taken while Pogba, Van de Beek and Fernandes were all on the Goodison Park pitch.

Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Fred start in United's midfield three today.

Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Axel Tuanzebe all start, leading to confusion over who will be playing at centre-back.

Manchester United lineup: De Gea; Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; James, Fernandes, Martial; Rashford.

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