Steve Bruce reveals why he dropped Nabil Bentaleb

Steve Bruce has revealed why he left Nabil Bentaleb out of his starting XI.

Tuesday, 3rd March 2020, 6:58 am

Bentaleb was dropped for the weekend’s Premier League home game against Burnley, which ended goalless.

The 25-year-old midfielder had been pitched into the starting XI following his January move from Schalke 04, where he hadn't played a first-team game for nine months.

However, the return of Jonjo Shelvey to fitness gave Bruce, United’s head coach, a decision to make against Burnley. In the end, Shelvey and Isaac Hayden were recalled to his starting XI.

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“He’s played five games, and Jonjo was fit,” said Bruce. “In seven of the eight game we’ve won, I think Jonjo and Isaac have played together. So that’s the reasoning why. Jonjo fit brings something to the team. When you look at statistics, those two playing together gets a positive result. That’s why.”

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