Manchester United explain why Paul Pogba subbed Marcus Rashford during AC Milan tie

Manchester United explain why Paul Pogba subbed Marcus Rashford during AC Milan tie

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why he decided to take out Marcus Rashford in a bid to let Paul Pogba get involved in the game against AC Milan.

Man United eventually reached the Europa League quarter-final after beating the Serie A side 1-0 in Italy, having played 1-1 at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture last week.

Paul Pogba only returned from a thigh injury he suffered against Everton last month and his performance against Milan was exactly what Solskjaer and everyone at Manchester United wanted.

The midfielder was named on the bench against AC Milan as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t want to rush the World Cup winner into the firing line too soon.

The Norwegian boss might have planned to bring in the 28-year-old midfielder between 60 and 70 minutes but an injury to Marcus Rashford in the first-half changed Solskjaer’s plan.

Rashford had to be replaced with Paul Pogba at half-time as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that he didn’t want to risk the England international’s fitness, with Leicester City clash due on Sunday in the FA Cup quarter-final.

Paul Pogba was excellent against AC Milan
Paul Pogba was excellent against AC Milan

“He [Paul Pogba] couldn’t have played more than 45 minutes,” Solskjaer said. “Big boost.

“Boys have done fantastic without him but we know his qualities.

“Marcus [Rashford] has a little twinge. We couldn’t take a chance on him.”

On Paul Pogba’s goal that made the difference in Italy, Solskjaer said: “We’ve missed Paul.

“He’s been out for almost two months. He was just getting into his best form.”

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