Michael Owen criticises Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man Utd team selection vs Leeds

Michael Owen has hit out at the "negative" way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set up Manchester United for their trip to Leeds.

The Red Devils were held to a 0-0 draw at Elland Road on Sunday despite many fans predicting a thrilling encounter akin to the reverse fixture at Old Trafford, which Solskjaer's side won 6-2 in December.

The Norwegian opted for a conservative midfield pairing of Scott McTominay and Fred, with Paul Pogba dropping to the bench despite his excellent recent form.

Owen was discouraged by the team selection, which he believes handed a boost to Leeds even before a ball had been kicked.

"I was disappointed with the team that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picked," the former Red Devils and England striker told Premier League Productions .

"I thought it was quite a negative team. You’re going to a team that you’ve already beaten 6-2 in the Premier League, you don’t really need two sitting midfielders.

"I thought it was a negative statement to start with."

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Solskjaer was not quizzed at length about his team selection after the full-time whistle, but did explain his decision to start Daniel James in attack before kick-off.

"You have to think about this game but also the run of games we're facing," he told MUTV .

"Dan did really well against Leeds at home. His high energy, his one-against-one, his defending, everything about him suits this game."

Speaking after the match, Solskjaer said he was pleased with his side's intensity even though they emerged from West Yorkshire with two fewer points than they were hoping for.

"When two teams meet you create problems, you solve problems, they give you things to think about and we made them adjust to us," he told Sky Sports .

"We put a really big shift in. I have seen Leeds run over teams in the second half and it was the opposite."

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