Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives his reasoning behind early substition of Fred against Huddersfield

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's short time as manager of Manchester United has simply been music to the fans' ears.

United are still in sixth place after their 3-1 win over Huddersfield but with Arsenal dropping points away against Brighton, the gap between Solskjaer's side and the Gunners is now down to six points.

Jose Mourinho's relationship with his players and the fans had created a rather poisonous atmosphere around the club, the Norwegian's history with United has already triggered an attempt to rejuvenate what was left behind by the Portuguese.

Mourinho did not get his way when it came to the transfer market but did manage to make a couple of signings in the summer that were approved by Ed Woodward and co.

Two of those signings were Fred and Diogo Dalot.

The former, a promising Brazilian midfielder with a low centre of gravity and neat technical ability, while the latter is a 19-year-old Portuguese full-back who had already impressed for Porto before joining the Premier League.

With a combined £66 million spent on the two stars, fans were hoping they could both hit the ground running.

Dalot was understandably broken in gently by Mourinho and has shown glimpses of quality, however Fred - who turned out to be United's marquee summer buy - has seemed overhauled by the move.

 

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Solskjaer backed this notion up by subbing both Fred and Diogo Dalot after just 53 minutes against Huddersfield on Boxing Day.

The 45-year-old has admitted this his decision to make early changes was due to his side struggling after the interval.

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"You want some experience and some guts," Solskjaer told MUTV.

"With Ash and Ander you get players who have been around the block.

"I thought we struggled when we started the second-half so it just settled the whole thing down."

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Despite United fans being happy with Ole's appointment, Fred's early substitution will be a concern, considering many things have changed in the short time Solskjaer has been at the club but Fred being taken off before the end has remained a constant.

The 25-year-old has only completed 90 minutes twice and it is now seven consecutive starts that the former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder has been subbed off.

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