Solskjaer explains why he left Ronaldo at home in Man United's loss to West Ham

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why he did not include Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad for Wednesday’s game against West Ham in the Carabao Cup.

Ronaldo was not among the 18 United players at Old Trafford. As only Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho were invited for the attack. Before the match, Solskjaer explained that Ronaldo’s absence was part of some changes he had decided to make in order to rest the players.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Solskjaer said: “We set up more or less before of Sunday (to make changes). We need more players to be ready for the match. It will be a long season.”

“Cristiano Ronaldo has come and made the change already. He wants to play as much as possible, but I do not think it is possible.”

But it cost Solskjaer the break of the main stars, as United were defeated by West Ham and eliminated from the cup.

The Portuguese superstar has scored four goals in three games since returning to Old Trafford this summer. Three in the Premier League and one in the Champions League.

United will face Aston Villa in their next game on Saturday in the Premier League.

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