Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended his decision to rest Bruno Fernandes.
The Red Devils star did not start in their FA Cup quarter final loss to Leicester City on Sunday.
United could have secured a place in the semi finals, where they would have played Southampton.
Instead, they were just behind Leicester City throughout the contest, and eventually lost 3-1.
Asked about Fernandes only coming off the bench in the second half, Solskjaer told reporters: “Every team selection has reasons behind it. Bruno has played very, very much football. He broke all his records on Thursday night [at the San Siro] physically statistically, and the boy is not inhuman.
“He’s also a human being, he’s played a game every three or four days really. It was a chance to start to both Donny [van de Beek] and Paul [Pogba].
“The accumulation of games maybe caught up with us.
“I know Bruno wants to play but sometimes you make decisions for the benefit of both the team and him.”