Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed why he substituted Paul Pogba off at half-time during Thursday's victory over Granada.
The Red Devils secured their spot in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday evening after recording a comprehensive 2-0 (4-0 aggregate) victory over LaLiga side, Granada, courtesy of goals from Edinson Cavani and a Jesus Vallejo own goal.
Pogba played a starring role in the encounter and registered the assist for Cavani's sixth-minute opening goal but, after picking up a booking for a strong challenge just minutes later, was brought off at half-time by his coach.
"Sometimes, Paul wants to win so much... he went into a couple of tackles after his yellow card but I thought I don't want to risk that [him being shown a red card] even though he played so well," Solskjaer explained, per BT Sport.
"We missed three [players through suspension] today and the season has been hard enough for us as it is."
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Pogba, who captained United on the evening, acknowledged that he was at risk of being dismissed and revealed that he harboured no ill-feeling towards his boss hauling him off at the mid-way point of the match.
"Some tackles, a yellow card. I had to come off obviously." the French midfielder said. "The yellow card was unfortunate. It wasn't a yellow card for me but you have to accept it. We won the game, that's the most important thing.
"I know the foul just after it, I saw all the players trying to get me out. It's better that I came off before getting a red card."