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Solskjaer furious with United’s fixture pile up

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Sheffield United at Old Trafford on January 27, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Tim Keeton -
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer slammed the decision to reschedule Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool for next Thursday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed his anger at a gruesome fixture list for his Manchester United side.

The Norweigian insists he will have no choice but to rotate his players in the coming games in order to protect them from injury.

United’s original clash with Liverpool was postponed last weekend after a fan protest at Old Trafford against the club’s owners.

The rescheduled match means Solsksjaer’s side face the gruelling prospect, at the end of an unrelenting season, of playing three league games in five days.

After successfully negotiating their way past Roma on Thursday to reach the Europa League final, United travel to Aston Villa on Sunday before they welcome Leicester to Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Ahead of their next match against Fulham the following Tuesday, the rearranged Liverpool fixture has been squeezed in, a decision that has angered Solskjaer.

“I’ve never seen that schedule before, not in modern-day football,” Solskjaer said as per the club’s website: “I’ve looked through and I know that Man Utd in 91/92 had a very similar run-in and you can see how the results deteriorate. So for me, we’ve been dealt a very bad hand by people who sit behind their desks in suits who have never played football and understand what this is about.

“I can promise you that it’s impossible to play 90 minutes four times at this intensity, at that level in the Premier League, from Thursday to Thursday. That means I cannot play everyone every minute, which means we’ve got to prioritise.

“Sunday 2pm is not the problem, that was always scheduled. Tuesday, Thursday after Thursday, Sunday – that’s a big problem.”

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