Manchester United should face a POINTS DEDUCTION for ‘disrespecting’ the Premier League’s top four race, says Trevor Sinclair, as he calls for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team to be stripped of six points after fielding a weakened team in Leicester loss
- Manchester United heavily rotated their squad to face Leicester on Tuesday
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made 10 changes as they faced two games in 48 hours
- Trevor Sinclair told talkSPORT that United should be punished for the changes
- He suggested a six-point deduction as it affected the other top four contenders
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘disrespectful’ team selection against Leicester, in which he made 10 changes, should see Manchester United deducted six points, according to Trevor Sinclair.
With two matches in 48 hours, Solskjaer insisted he needed to heavily rotate his team and he made 10 alterations against Leicester from the side that beat Aston Villa on Sunday.
United were beaten 2-1 with the likes of Amad Diallo, Anthony Elanga and Brandon Williams in the line-up and victory for Leicester has seen them take control in the top four race – to the annoyance of West Ham and Liverpool.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been criticised for his team selection on Tuesday against Leicester
With Sinclair’s proposal of a points deduction, United would be in a fight to stay in the top four
Defeat for United also handed Manchester City the Premier League but for Sinclair something must be done to punish United for their heavy rotation.
‘Without being disrespectful to the players that played tonight, they made ten changes, this is their ‘B’ team,’ Sinclair told talkSPORT.
‘I think that’s disrespectful and it takes away from the top four race.
Teenage starlet Anthony Elanga (right) was one of 10 changes made against Leicester
As the actual table stands, United had a safety of 12 points between them and West Ham in 5th
‘The teams that are going to suffer from Man United’s lack of due diligence, the ones who could miss out on the top four, are Chelsea possibly, Liverpool, West Ham and Tottenham.
‘I think there needs to be a punishment for Man United. Three points isn’t enough because that doesn’t affect anything.
‘I honestly feel the way they put out this team, the way they didn’t safeguard their stadium, I think a six-point deduction should be given to Manchester United.’
Victory for Leicester, sealed with a second-half header from Caglar Soyuncu, puts them up to third, sat on 66 points.
United take on Liverpool on Thursday in the rearranged match of the game that was cancelled when fans broke into Old Trafford earlier this month.
Trevor Sinclair thinks a six-point deduction is what United’s team selection v Leicester merits
Solskjaer admitted the defeat to Leicester was a sign United must strengthen their squad to have any hope of dethroning Man City.
‘If you want to take up the challenge with them we need to strengthen our squad,’ said the United boss.
‘Congratulations to them. They’ve had a fantastic season but I’m very pleased with my boys that we have made it to the last 10 days with a City side ahead of us that are lauded as the best in Europe.
‘We want to take the next step and it might be that we need a couple more to strengthen the squad.’
When quizzed on his 10 changes, he added: ‘It can’t be like this again. It’s impossible and that’s the reason we made the changes.
‘It’s unheard of. It is impossible for the players to perform at this level going Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday.’
Solskjaer admitted the schedule made it ‘impossible’ for him to put out his strongest line-up
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