Man United boss Solskjaer explains why Bruno Fernandes was taken off vs Liverpool

Man United boss Solskjaer explains why Bruno Fernandes was taken off vs Liverpool

Man United draw at Anfield

The marquee fixture of the Premier League gameweek played out on Sunday evening.

The clash in question saw Manchester United face a trip to Anfield to take on title holders Liverpool.

The Red Devils actually headed into Sunday’s showdown sitting top of the table, with Liverpool’s recent form having proven altogether disappointing.

As a result, fans of the former likely fancied their side’s chances of pick up the three points against Jurgen Klopp and co., despite the champions having remained unbeaten in their prior 67 league games at Anfield.

What eventually played out on Merseyside, however, was a rather drab 0-0 draw.

Solskjaer on why he took Bruno off

This result, coupled with Manchester City’s win over Crystal Palace later on Sunday, means that it is the Sky Blues who now hold the advantage in the Premier League title race.

United, in turn, will likely feel somewhat aggrieved that they didn’t end up securing all 3 points against a makeshift Liverpool side, especially given the fact that they had some decent chances to do so late on.

Fans may also question why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to take off Bruno Fernandes, United’s best player this season, towards the end of the match, with his side in the ascendancy.

The Norwegian, though, has since provided an explanation for his controversial call, revealing:

“He’s been here and been running more or less every game.

“So towards the end we felt Paul [Pogba]’s physical presence in there might be a chance for us. And Mason, when he gets a chance he can score in the blink of a second.

“So it was a bit of a throw of the dice to get Mason on even though he had to defend against [Andy] Robertson.”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 26 36 62
2 Manchester United FC 25 21 49
3 Leicester City FC 25 17 49
4 West Ham United FC 26 9 45
5 Chelsea FC 25 16 43
6 Liverpool FC 25 11 40
7 Everton FC 24 4 40
8 Aston Villa FC 23 11 36
9 Tottenham Hotspur FC 24 10 36
10 Leeds United 25 0 35
11 Arsenal FC 25 5 34
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 25 -6 33
13 Crystal Palace FC 25 -14 32
14 Southampton FC 25 -12 30
15 Burnley FC 25 -12 28
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 25 -6 26
17 Newcastle United FC 25 -17 25
18 Fulham FC 25 -11 22
19 West Bromwich Albion 25 -36 14
20 Sheffield United FC 25 -26 11
Premier League 20/21
Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 15
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 8
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United FC 7