After slipping to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth last weekend, Manchester United were in desperate need of bouncing back in style.
And on Thursday night, the Red Devils did exactly that with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went in with a surprisingly strong side for the clash, and he was duly rewarded, with goals from first-team stars like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
But, as is always the case with such team selections, you run the risk of potentially picking up one or two injuries that you could have avoided had you decided to rotate more heavily.
Speaking after the game, Solskjaer admitted both Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire had picked up knocks during the clash against the Serbian side. The Norwegian revealed the latter should be fine for the game against Brighton on Sunday, but delivered a more worrying assessment of his midfielder, saying he is “more of a concern”.
After hearing the injury update on the duo, United fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on Solskjaer’s handling of the matter.
Many supporters of the Manchester side slammed the Red Devils boss for his role in the pair potentially being ruled out of Sunday’s game, and insisted it is something he could have completely avoided.
Check out some of the reaction of United fans below:
More injuries thanks to Ole’s elite training techniques.
— (@Lavrentea) 7 November 2019
Ole and his staff is to blame. He coulda easily started Garner in midfield and rested one of Fred or Scott.
He’s burning these players out in Europa games coz he’s scared he’s gonna lose
— Talha (@talha_27c) 7 November 2019
This could’ve been avoided by not playing so many starters. Our u23’s could’ve won that game today because of how poor Partizan are.
— Calum (@UtdCalum) 7 November 2019
Again foolish Ole play the full team
— rzq ardiansah (@rizqiyjang) 7 November 2019
Of course it’s on Ole,maguire has been playing 90 mins every game for a while now and it is starting to catch up with him,it’s not that hard to understand
— NV (@nv__97) 8 November 2019
Ole to blame.. Coukd have easily played jones! #MUFC
— Iqbal Mohammed (@iqqumufc) 8 November 2019
Was no point in risking them in the first place.
— Dyl (@UtdDyl) 7 November 2019