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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained his decision to bring Paul Pogba on in Manchester United’s win at Everton.
Pogba started on the bench at Goodison Park though was brought on in the second half as the hosts piled the pressure on.
A Bruno Fernandes brace had put United in front after Bernard had initially put Everton ahead on a big day for Solskjaer.
Pogba’s introduction saw the Red Devils gain more of a foothold in the clash on Merseyside with Solskjaer explaining that Pogba could give his side more strength.
Solskjaer told talkSPORT : “You have to think you want to win the next one, you also look to the other one and, of course, Scott [McTominay] and Fred didn’t play then because they were going to play this one.
“I thought Paul today, when he came on, he showed his character as well. He showed his quality and his strength that we could play the ball up to him, because we struggled in the second half.
“We were so tired, the rest of them who played in the week in Turkey, but Paul really freshened things up.”
Solskjaer was pleased with the performance of his side having gone to Everton following successive defeats.
When asked what pleased him most, he added: “The character, of everyone. How dialled in everyone was after a difficult schedule. To be put up at 12.30pm was not fair, it’s not fair on the boys.
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“It’s not fair for my players, I can’t really ask them for 100 per cent performance on a day like this in the times we are in, with the pandemic.
“Having been in Turkey on Wednesday night, we came home at four o’clock in the morning on Thursday which is difficult.
“We started the game well; the first time they had a chance, they scored, the reaction was brilliant. In the first half, I thought we played some excellent stuff. Second half, we looked tired.”
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