Solskjaer admits starting Maguire was a mistake vs Leicester

The biggest selection decision Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made when Manchester United faced Leicester was rushing Harry Maguire back from injury.

Presumably, Solskjaer was worried about being too open and conceding too many if Eric Bailly partnered Victor Lindelof.

That happened anyway as United lost 4-2. Maguire was at fault for Youri Tielemans’ opening goal.

Unsurprisingly, he played with the rustiness of a man who had only had one training session before the game.

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And after the game, he admitted to the BBC that he got his team selection wrong.

“I pick the team, Harry Maguire showed no reaction and I hold my hand up if that does not work out.

“If we concede four, I probably made a bad decision. “Lately we have not been in great form, lost too many points and that is something we have to look at.

“We might have to change, do we need more legs in there? What do we need? I have many good players. Fred, Edinson Cavani, you miss them. I am not making excuses; they are top footballers and we have not produced.”

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What kind of message did it send to Eric Bailly that a half-fit Maguire was preferred to him?

Bailly is an international central defender who has been waiting for a chance to shine.

There is not too much point having him around if he will not even play when Maguire and Raphael Varane are injured.

It was a risk for Solskjaer, who has previous when it comes to playing players through the pain, and it did not pay off.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.