Why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t make Man Utd substitution until 82nd minute at Wolves

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists it wasn’t “necessary” to turn to his bench any sooner in Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Wolves at Molineux .

With the scores level in the West Midlands, the Norwegian didn’t opt to make a substitution until just eight minutes from time, when he brought on Juan Mata for Jesse Lingard.

He then waited until the 89th minute to introduce Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira in place of Marcus Rashford and Daniel James, but United weren’t able to find a winner after Paul Pogba saw his penalty saved by Rui Patricio.

Anthony Martial had earlier given United the lead, but his effort was cancelled out by a fine strike from home midfielder Ruben Neves.

And Solskjaer was standing by his in-game tactics after the match.

“I felt we struggled the first 15 minutes of the second-half,” he told reporters.

“We played into their hands with the quality of our game and they deservedly got the goal, (Adama) Traore was part of it.

“And it took us five minutes and then we got into the game, I felt. I didn’t think [a substitution] was necessary and towards the end we could have won it with the penalty, of course, but that’s the decision you make there and then.

“But he (Traore) came on and had a good impact.

“We dominated possession, we get the first goal and second-half we know they’ll come out like a house on fire. They probably got the goal they deserve. I thought we took control again and could have won it.

“First-half was a mature performance. Second-half was a bit sloppy. We are improving. We are a young team who will learn, we learned on the pitch today.

“We get a penalty that normally would get us another two points, sometimes the keeper makes a good save.”

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