Michael Brown has revealed he was not surprised Everton defender Yerry Mina was axed and Mason Holgate replaced him against Manchester United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Manchester City midfielder claimed Ancelotti needed the 24-year-old’s presence and pace against the Red Devils.

Holgate had not even made the bench for the Toffees all season due to a toe injury, before being handed a starting berth against United on Saturday.

The former Barnsley man has been kept out with a toe injury he picked up against Preston North End in pre-season.

Ancelotti has selected Michael Keane and Yerry Mina in Holgate’s absence but the former Barcelona ace was dropped to the bench at the weekend.

Holgate’s efforts were not enough to stop the Toffees from losing their third consecutive Premier League game as United ran out 3-1 winners.

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Asked by Football Insider if he was surprised that Mina was axed and Holgate was put straight back into the starting XI, Brown said: “No, not really.

“The presence that he brings, Ancelotti would have been looking at Manchester United at the top of the pitch with their pace.

“So no, I’m not surprised he was selected by Ancelotti.”

 

After the game, Holgate admitted his disappointment that he marked his return with a loss.

He told the EvertonTV: “It is nice to be back, it has been a difficult period and I’ve missed a lot of time playing but to come back and lose – and not make the impact I wanted – it hurts even more.”

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