Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted at the reason behind his decision to drop Paul Pogba to the Manchester United bench.

United play Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday night at Old Trafford and, after the Reds lost 4-2 against Leicester at the weekend, the Norwegian has made three changes to his starting line-up with Pogba a notable omission for the game.

With Pogba on the bench, Scott McTominay and Fred have started in the double pivot in front of United's back four.

Marcus Rashford has been named in the starting line-up, too, playing on the left flank where Pogba has often featured.

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Speaking ahead of Wednesday's match, Solskjaer explained why he made the decision to start McTominay and Fred - Pogba and Nemanja Matic started in those roles against Leicester - in the double pivot, claiming the pair bring 'balance' to United.

The United boss also revealed that he thought that his side have looked too 'open' in recent weeks.

"We’ve looked at the last few games," Solskjaer told BT Sport.

"We’ve looked a little bit open, we’ve been too easy to play through on the counter-attack and today we’ve picked a team that we know will give us legs and energy - our fans here want to see a team on the front foot.

“They play well together [Fred and McTominay] those two. We call it a 4-2-4 system more or less with the front men.

"So, the balance that they give us has been helpful in many games."