Paul Merson says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got his Manchester United team selection “horribly wrong” in the defeat by Sheffield United – and believes it could cost them the title.
The title-chasing Red Devils were on the end of one of the biggest shocks in a surprise-packed campaign as the embattled Blades inflicted the hosts’ first top-flight defeat since November 1.
Among those left on the bench were Luke Shaw and Edinson Cavani, both of whom have enjoyed impressive seasons for the Old Trafford giants.
And Merson has slammed the boss for rotating his squad, with the defeat leaving them one point behind leaders Manchester City having played one game more.
“I can’t catch my breath at what he’s done there. He got it horribly, horribly wrong, and they lost all momentum.
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“I could not believe what I was watching from Manchester United. Play your best team. Get two goals in front. THEN rest players.
“What’s Luke Shaw need a rest for? He’s playing the best football of his career, absolutely flying. Don’t tell me he’s tired.
“I heard a United fan on the radio saying the team he put out should still have been good enough to win. If it was good enough, why isn’t it playing every week!?”
Merson added: “It was madness. Solskjaer was trying to be too clever because they have Arsenal this weekend.
“But he’s put his team under pressure now. That could open the door for their rivals, and it means they have to beat Arsenal now.
“United could look back on that at the end of the season as the day the title race turned against them.”