Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has explained his decision to withdraw Mason Greenwood in their 1-0 defeat at home to Wolves on Monday night.
The youngster started upfront alongside Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Edinson Cavani, but was forced to pave way for Bruno Fernandes in the second period.
Rangnick revealed after the match it was his call, as he sought to add some creativity in the final third.
“The question was shall I take off Mason or shall I take off Edi,” said Rangnick. “We decided to keep Edi as the most offensive, the more ‘striker’ of the two of them and take off Mason.
“It was my call,” he asserted. “We could have done it in another way but we chose Mason. We know how the fans like Mason but, until then his effort, and performance was not outstanding but at least he was one of the better players.”
In another interview, Rangnick added; “It was 0-0 and we had our better moments in that part of the game, so we decided to bring on Bruno. He had a big chance to put us 1-0 ahead.
“Mason was good but I had to take somebody off and I didn’t want to take one of the no.6s off [Scott McTominay or Nemanja Matic] so the question was should I take off Edi or Mason, and I decided to take off Mason.”
Joao Moutinho’s late goal was the difference as Wolves left Old Trafford with maximum points and condemn Rangnick to his first loss as United boss.