Leicester City returned home with 3 points as Manchester United fall victim to a bittersweet loss at Old Trafford.
Goals from Luke Thomas and Caglar Soyuncu made sure their side saw the tie through with United’s lone goal via Mason Greenwood ultimately proved to be not enough. The full-time whistle blew with the scoreline at 1-2 in favour of the visitors.
However, despite the loss, the biggest talking point was how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to line up his men for the match. Almost all key players bar David De Gea and Eric Bailly were rested while two teenagers, Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga made their Premier League debut.
It was almost as if the fixture wasn’t being taken seriously. After all, a win for the Foxes would mean rivals Liverpool’s journey towards Champions League qualification would become more difficult. And with the lead the Red Devils have from the third place, the loss can more or less be seen as meaningless if not favourable.
There is obviously a group of people who believe this is exactly what Solskjaer wanted, but it is a little far-fetched to think he would set his team up for failure.
Jurgen Klopp himself sympathised with the Norwegian coach, pointing out how the schedule shifts due to protests have caused fixture congestion. The German boss went on to insist he understands the situation and that it’s not the fault of the United boss or the players.
“That is not the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjær and the players,” said Klopp. “My question to myself was: ‘Would I have done the same?’ Yes. You have to.”
It does not seem like the Reds boss believes any of the theories that have been going around and actually makes a very valid point. And to be fair, coaches understand the struggles of fellow coaches better.