Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained why Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo was chosen ahead of Anthony Martial during their Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final victory over Norwich City.
Before the game at Carrow Road, Martial was in fine form, having scored six goals in his last six starts in the English Premier League, while the Shanghai Shenhua loanee had netted four goals in four appearances in the FA Cup and Europa League.
Solskjaer made eight changes to the team that defeated Sheffield United on Wednesday. One of which saw Ighalo replace Martial in attack.
The Norwegian tactician admitted he wanted to give the Frenchman a break as well as the same players who had beaten Derby County in the fifth round.
Speaking to the BBC post-match as reported by Sports Central, Solskjaer stated : "We made many changes, we still think the players who played 120 minutes will be ready to play on Tuesday. The rhythm and the tempo wasn’t there but we’re happy to be through. “Anthony has done well and come on and did brilliant, but Odion gives me a chance to rest Antho and he’s a proven goalscorer. He’s important for us and great around the dressing room."
Ighalo's 51st minute opener was canceled remotely by Todd Cantwell of Norwich City before skipper Harry Maguire took the winner in extra-time.