CONTE SHOULD HAVE STARTED THIS PLAYER AGAINST MANCHESTER UNITED

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Marcos Alonso pulled out of the warm-up and was replaced minutes to the kick-off by Kurt Zouma but former Premier League defender Danny Higginbotham believes Nathan Ake should have been a straight swap for Alonso instead of Zouma.

“I was a bit surprised at that,” Higginbotham told Sky Sports.

“When a team is functioning so well and doing so well and getting results, if you have to change an outfield player, you try and have as little effect on the rest of the team.

“Ake could have come in, he’s played in the Premier League and hasn’t had any opportunities since coming back from Bournemouth.

“He could have gone in and everybody else could have stayed the same.

“Maybe he thought if I move Azpilicueta I can bring Zouma in and have more of a physical approach.

“That wasn’t the case anyway because United didn’t use physicality but the pace of Rashford and Lingard.”

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