Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ole Backed Young in Back Three after PSG

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ole Backed Young in Back Three after PSG

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OLE Gunnar Solskjaer started Ashley Young in a back three on account of the United defender's performance there against Paris Saint-Germain last month.

Young supplemented Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof as the Reds switched to a defensive trident to match Wolves and were dominant in the first 25 minutes until Young played Diogo Jota onside for the equaliser.

United captain Young was booked in the first half and received a second yellow in the 57th minute for his lunge on Jota, which prompted Solskjaer to send on Phil Jones to maintain United's back three.

However, Jones was outmuscled by Leander Dendoncker from the cross that eventually ended with Smalling putting through his own net to decide the contest.

Young started the Champions League round-of-16 second leg comeback at PSG on the right wing in front of the error-prone Eric Bailly, but appeared to switch to right-back following Bailly's first-half removal. Solskjaer cited that evening behind his decision to play Young at centre half ahead of Jones and unused substitute Marcos Rojo last night.

We should 3-0 up and our own "Ashley's done that before against PSG away," Solskjaer said. "He did okay, I felt. I thought Ole Ash gave us the outlet of when you have three centre-backs to go forward, created some moments down that side. I thought he did what he was asked to do."

United took a deserved 13th-minute lead through Scott McTominay and Jesse Lingard wasted a giltedged chance to put them 2-0 ahead prior to Jota's leveller. Romelu Lukaku also squandered a header with the game goalless and McTominay have been we created downfall really Gunnar Solskjaer was denied a second by Rui Patricio in the second half at 1-1. Solskjaer felt United's chance-creation merited a victory and they were the architects of their own downfall. "Very good start," Solskjaer said in his assessment. …

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