Manchester United were without Harry Maguire for their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg tie against Manchester City on Tuesday.
The English defender suffered a foot injury against Wolves on the weekend and did not recover in time for the game.
“No he couldn’t make it,” Solskjaer told MUTV about Maguire’s omission, per the Mirror.
“So there is no point trying to make things worse. He was trying to the end, but he wasn’t ready, no.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have wanted a huge performance from Phil Jones to held fill the void.
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But Jones was powerless as United fell 2-0 down after 32 minutes.
De Bruyne was one-on-one with Jones in the box and he made light work of his opponent.
The Belgian midfielder feigned a shot which completely deceived Jones.
De Bruyne’s effort was saved, but the ball rebounded off the unfortunate Andreas Pereira and went into the net.
And view it from another angle…
De Bruyne made Jones look rather silly there.
Football fans enjoyed De Bruyne’s piece of skill, including @PoojaMedia.
“De Bruyne should know what he did to Jones can’t be accepted in a sport with constitution,” they wrote.
“How can you delete a father like that when his family are watching?”
@Sawftouch wrote: “De Bruyne i have just one question for you!
“What was Phil Jones’ offence to deserve such punishment? His family is watching KDB, don’t try this next time.”
While @RickRostrich simply commented: “What De Bruyne just done to Phil Jones should be illegal”.
Jones has been linked with a move away from United and after today’s showing, his game against Man City could well be his last.