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Solskjaer discloses Lindelof injury after Man Utd lose to Istanbul Basaksehir

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Victor Lindelof was left out of Manchester United’s clash at Istanbul Basaksehir because of a back injury, sparking fears that he could miss Saturday’s trip to Everton.

Defensive errors blighted United’s display in Turkey, where they lost 2-1 as their hosts won a Champions League match for the very first time.

United contrived to leave their entire half free for former Premier League striker Demba Ba to open to the scoring just 13 minutes into the game, and they then fell two goals down when Edin Visca fired home after a fine break.

Anthony Martial pulled one back for United, but ultimately they were hugely disappointing on a night when more fears about Solskjaer’s command of his defence were expressed.


The United boss picked Axel Tuanzebe in place of Lindelof at the back, only to withdraw the youngster at half-time and move Nemanja Matic into defence.

Speaking after the game, Solskjaer tried to explain his defensive decisions and disclosed the injury to Lindelof, who was an unused substitute in Turkey.

“We decided to make a few changes,” Solskjaer told reporters.

“Nothing especially different to what we’ve always done tactically. ‘We just didn’t perform. I think these players have played loads of games together, it was just maybe Donny [van de Beek] was the new addition.

Lindelof has a back problem, says Solskjaer

“Victor has got a bad back so he couldn’t play and Axel stepped in.”

Tuanzebe was booked in between Ba and Visca’s goals, and Solskjaer insisted that the decision to take him off was influenced by the yellow card.

“Well, it’s a yellow card here,” he said.

“We needed to go for it and gamble to go forward, so the yellow card made my decision there.”

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