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Utd fans react to Greenwood's omission vs Chelsea

Manchester United fans slam starlet's omission in bizarre starting XI for Chelsea clash

February 17, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The teenager was dropped from the first eleven in Monday night's crucial test with Chelsea.

Manchester United fans have hit out at club head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for failing to start academy star Mason Greenwood in Monday's Premier League clash with Chelsea. The 18-year-old Englishman was overlooked in favor of Daniel James in a rather interesting formation devised for the encounter.

Since earning his senior debut for United last year, Greenwood has rapidly become a popular figure among the Red Devils' supporters, winning the fans affection with a series of top performances. This season the striker, who has been sporadically used, has managed 10 goals in 32 appearances to affirm the reason for the hype around his talent. However, that was not enough to earn him a spot in the starting lineup to face Chelsea.

Instead, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded Daniel James as the attacking partner for Anthony Martial although the former suffered a dip in form prior to the winter break. In what appears to be a 5-3-2 system, Ole made three changes to the team that drew against Wolves his side's most recent Premier League outing.

Eric Bailly replaced the ill Victor Lindelof for his first Manchester United start for the first time since April 2019 while Brandon Williams was deployed on the left. Nemanja Matic also returned to the fold after serving a ban to partner Fred while Bruno Fernandes was seen in his favored attacking midfielder role.

Meanwhile, new-boy Odion Ighalo was named on the bench for his potential debut. Below is how Manchester United lined up and the reactions of a few fans:

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