Does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not learn? Seemingly the answer is no.

United were exposed defensively in the first half against Atalanta in midweek.

Only an inspired second half fightback against Atalanta saved United, with substitutes contributing to the win.

The widely held assessment was that Solskjaer got his team selection wrong against Atalanta, and would need to shake it up this weekend.

So it was bizarre to see Solskjaer send United out against Liverpool with the exact same starting line-up.

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It was a naive decision which showed Solskjaer’s failure to learn from his previous mistake.

Liverpool explored the same defensive sloppiness exploited by Atalanta, and they were not as easy to create chances against.

United were beaten by the better side, but Solskjaer never really gave the team a chance.

This team selection showed the manager is devoid of ideas, and lacks faith in his alternative options.

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Among the many ways Solskjaer could have shaken United up, sticking with the same starting XI should not have been an option. It was a bold call which backfired badly.

It also showed that Solskjaer genuinely believes this is his best team, and his best is nowhere near good enough.

United appear to be out of the title race already – and the Champions League is still finely balanced. On this evidence, United will struggle to get out of the group.

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