Man Utd boss Solskjaer explains why he picked Victor Lindelof over Eric Bailly v Liverpool | Football | Sport

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why he picked Victor Lindelof in his starting XI against Liverpool on Sunday. Lindelof had not started a Premier League match since the 2-2 Boxing Day draw with Leicester. Eric Bailly started the three matches since then but was only named among the substitutes at Anfield.

Bailly had impressed in those three matches, with United only conceding one goal in that time.

Lindelof was struggling with a back problem towards the end of 2020 but was brought back into the side to play reigning champions Liverpool.

The Swede wasn’t in the squad for the 1-0 win at Burnley in midweek and Solskjaer said his plan was always to play him at Anfield.

Solskjaer told MUTV: “Victor [Lindeof] has been training this week to get ready for this game, to be prepared. I gave him the Burnley game off.”

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