Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended his decision not to make a substitution sooner in Manchester United's Premier League draw with Wolves.

Solskjaer sent on United's first substitute Juan Mata in the 81st minute for Jesse Lingard and threw on Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira on 89 minutes for Marcus Rashford and Daniel James.

Wolves were galvanised by the half-time introduction of Adama Traore, who earned the free-kick which sparked the hosts' resurgence and eventually resulted in Ruben Neves' 55th minute crackerjacker of an equaliser.

United recovered to win a 68th minute penalty but Paul Pogba decided to take the spotkick over Marcus Rashford and was thwarted by Rui Patricio. A number of United fans criticised Solskjaer for waiting until the final 10 minutes to make a change but the Norwegian was comfortable with his in-game management.

"I felt we struggled the first 15 minutes of the second-half," Solskjaer said. "We played into their hands with the quality of our game and they deservedly got the goal, Traore was part of it.

 

"And it took us five minutes and then we got into the game, I felt. I didn't think [a substitution] was necessary and towards the end we could have won it with the penalty, of course, but that's the decision you make there and then.

"But he (Traore) came on and had a good impact.

“We dominated possession, we get the first goal and second-half we know they’ll come out like a house on fire. They probably got the goal they deserve. I thought we took control again and could have won it.

"First-half was a mature performance. Second-half was a bit sloppy. We are improving. We are a young team who will learn, we learned on the pitch today.

"We get a penalty that normally would get us another two points, sometimes the keeper makes a good save."