“It was 0-0 and we had our better moments in that part of the game, so we decided to bring on Bruno. He had a big chance to put us 1-0 ahead,” Ralf Rangnick told Sky Sports after the Wolves defeat.
“Mason [Greenwood] was good but I had to take somebody off and I didn’t want to take one of the No.6s off [Scott McTominay or Nemanja Matic] so the question was should I take off Edi [Cavani] or Mason, and I decided to take off Mason.
“It was my call,” he added in a separate interview. “We could have done it in another way but we chose Mason.”
“We know how the fans like Mason but, until then his effort, and performance was not outstanding but at least he was one of the better players.”
It’s true that Greenwood was not an outstanding player on Monday night (if such a player even existed in Man United’s attacking line), but the sub still was not the most obvious.
There’s a case to be made that Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Cavani all looked even worse than Greenwood but out of those players, only Sancho was subbed off 15 minutes after that.