Ole Gunnar explains half-time substitution against Basaksehir
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Ole Gunnar explains half-time substitution against Basaksehir

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained his half-time substitution during the 2-1 loss in Istanbul against Basaksehir.

United trailed 2-1 going into the break, and could not make any meaningful comeback in the second period, losing their first match in Europe this season. 

Solskjaer decided to make a change during the interval, bringing in Scott McTominay in place of Axel Tuenzebe, with Nemanja Matic forced to slot into defence alongside Harry Maguire. 

Speaking after the match, Solskjaer sought to clarify the decision, while also revealing why Victor Lindelof stayed on the bench through the match. 

“We decided to make a few changes,” Ole said of his XI. “Nothing especially different to what we've always done tactically. We just didn't perform. I think these players have played loads of games together, it was just maybe Donny [van de Beek] was the new addition.

“Victor has got a bad back so he couldn't play and Axel stepped in.”

He further revealed he withdrew Tuenzebe as a precaution since he was already on a yellow card. 

“Well, it’s a yellow card here. We needed to go for it and gamble to go forward, so the yellow card made my decision there.”

The loss against the Turkish side was United's second in a row, with pressure mounting on Solskjaer ahead of Saturday's match against Everton

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