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Solskjaer explains Manchester United team selection vs Newcastle

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has demanded greater energy and attitude from his Manchester United players after making five changes from the calamitous defeat to Tottenham.

United have had two weeks to reflect on the 6-1 thrashing to Spurs and Solskjaer has decided to make five changes, although Harry Maguire has recovered from a minor injury picked up on international duty to start.

Eric Bailly, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial have come out of the side, with the latter suspended and Greenwood not in the squad at all.

They’ve been replaced by Victor Lindelof, Fred, Scott McTominay, Daniel James and Juan Mata and Solskjaer is clear with what he wants from his side.

“We want a response, energy and attitude, lads who go out and fight as a team and play as a team,” he told MUTV.

“We’ve got to be more compact, we’ve got to put pressure on the ball, we can’t give them time on the ball because they’ve got players who can hurt you. When we’ve got it we need to play with tempo as well.”

Two of the key changes come in midfield with the double pivot of Matic and Pogba dropped for Fred and McTominay.

United have been too open in all three Premier League games so far, conceding 11 goals in the process, and Solskjaer knows they have to tighten up.

“Scott and Fred are one of the partnerships we’ve used, they’ve done well together, they’ve both great athleticism, they get around the pitch and that’s one of the things that we need to improve on, that we have a screen in front of the back four,” he said.

Maguire endured another rotten week after being sent-off for England, not long after he’d appeared to pick up a muscle injury as well, but he’s fit enough to start for United and Solskjaer has resisted calls to rest him.

“Harry got something with his glutes but he’s recovered, you could see just before he was sent-off he was feeling his hamstring but luckily it was just his glute,” he said.

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