Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained his decision to bench Bruno Fernandes during Man United's FA Cup clash against Leicester on Sunday.
The Red Devils fell to the Foxes at the King Power Stadium in a match Fernandes, arguably United's best player, started from the bench.
Speaking after the 3-1 loss, Solsjaer noted the Portuguese has played a lot of football and needed a break from the regular starts.
“Every team selection has reasons behind it. Bruno has played very, very much football. He broke all his records on Thursday night [at the San Siro] physically statistically, and the boy is not inhuman,” explained Ole.
“He’s also a human being, he’s played a game every three or four days really. It was a chance to start to both Donny [van de Beek] and Paul [Pogba]. The accumulation of games maybe caught up with us.
“I know Bruno wants to play but sometimes you make decisions for the benefit of both the team and him.”
Fernandes was one of the four substitutes Solskajer made with 25 minutes remaining and United trailing 2-1, but the Foxes held on and added one more goal to book a place in the semi-finals.
For United, the Europa League presents the only real chance of silverware this season.