Man Utd fans fume as Solskjaer leaves Sancho and Varane on bench vs Southampton

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has started new signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane on the bench away at Southampton – leaving the Red Devils faithful furious.

United are looking to make it two wins from two this season at St Mary's after opening their 2021/22 account with a 5-1 thrashing of Leeds last week.

Solskjaer has only two change to the side that started that victory, with Anthony Martial coming in for Daniel James and Nemanja Matic replacing Scott McTominay.

Sancho, who completed a £77million move from Borussia Dortmund this summer, has been named as a substitute again after coming off the bench to make his debut late on against Leeds.

Varane was not involved in that fixture as his £34million transfer from Real Madrid was only confirmed before kick-off at Old Trafford, and he too is amongst Solskjaer's substitutes on the south coast.

However, United fans cannot understand why both of their summer recruits were unable to start Sunday's game, taking to Twitter to express their frustrations.

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One asked: "Why tf is Varane not starting?"

Another commented: "Ole again with his stupid decisions… Why not start Varane and sancho.. Why were they bought then?"

A third put: "Further proof of why OGS needs to vacate the manager position pronto. Why would Varane and Sancho need easing in??"

Another asked: "Sancho and varane benched?? How? Why?"

While one simply responded to United's starting XI by responding: "Wtf is this".

When asked about his decision, Solskjaer said: “Of course you're tempted [to start them] but we need to give them the foundation of the work.

"Jadon played during the week, so he's more ready than Raphael. Raphael hasn't played football yet, but he's had a good week of training.”

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He is expecting a difficult test against Ralph Hasenhuttl's side, tipping Saints to provide a "great challenge" despite their resounding 9-0 win over them last season.

"With Ralph's teams you get high energy, high pressing and belief in themselves. They give you a great challenge. We know every time we travel down there it's a very difficult game," he said.

"You want to silence the home crowd. I know that’s not going to happen when it’s the first game at St. Mary’s in 18 months, it will be loud, but we have to do that. We have to manage the game so that the away fans are the ones that are heard."

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