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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains why Cristiano Ronaldo was absent during Man United's Carabao Cup loss

Arjun Singh Devgan
Manchester United lost 1-0 to West Ham United  in the Carabao Cup Third Round
Manchester United lost 1-0 to West Ham United in the Carabao Cup Third Round / Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why he choose to not include Portugal icon, Cristiano Ronaldo in the Red Devils' squad during their 1-0 loss to West Ham United in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Ronaldo was not included in the squad of 18, with Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho selected to lead the attack. Solskjaer for his part reiterated that such a move was done in order to keep players fresh as they have a long season ahead of them.

"We decided more or less before Sunday [to make changes]. We need more players to get match fit. Alex Telles is back and has been training for a week. It will be a long season. Cristiano Ronaldo has come in and made a difference already, he wants to play as much as possible but I don't think it is possible," he said before the game.

"If you are going to be successful at the end, you need the whole squad and minutes to be shared out. A risk making so many changes but we have played some games behind closed doors and hopefully we find the rhythm."

The move certainly backfired for Solskjaer on the night considering that the 36-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant return to Old Trafford so far, scoring four goals in three games this season.