Premier League told to deduct points after Man Utd select weakened team

The Premier League have been told they must deduct points from Manchester United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fielded a weakened team against Leicester City.

Solskjaer made 10 changes to the side which defeated Aston Villa on Sunday for the second game of a brutal stretch of league fixtures.

Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani all started on the bench, as Solskjaer opted to hand playing time to the fringe and younger members of his squad.

The side also contained two Premier League debutants, with Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga both making their first English league starts of their careers.

Though the much-changed United competed well against Brendan Rodgers’ full-strength Foxes, they ultimately lost 2-1.

It was a result that both confirmed Manchester City’s status as champions and dealt a blow to West Ham, Liverpool and Tottenham’s hopes of finishing in the top four.

Leicester moved up to third with the win at Old Trafford and are eight points ahead of the fifth-placed Hammers with three games to play.

Solskjaer’s decision to select a weakened team was clearly a factor in his side’s defeat and it has a move that has been slammed by former England striker Trevor Sinclair.

“Now we’re talking about Manchester United and listen, the fans demonstrated against Liverpool, the game’s been reorganised,” he told talkSPORT.

“Manchester United have made 10 changes, without being disrespectful to the players who played, they’ve made 10 changes, this is their B squad, this is their B team.

“I think that’s disrespectful and I think it takes something away from the top four race.”

Sinclair also sensationally demanded that the Premier League hand out a severe punishment to United for making so many changes.

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  • “The teams that are going to suffer, either miss out on the top four or suffer from Manchester United’s lack of due diligence are Chelsea, West Ham, Liverpool and Tottenham,” he said.

    “They’re the other teams who are looking at that top four. I think there needs to be a punishment for Manchester United. Three points is not enough because it doesn’t affect anything.

    “I honestly feel, the way they’ve put this team out now, the way they didn’t safeguard their stadium last week, a six-point deduction should be given to Manchester United.”

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