Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has criticised the decision to rearrange Manchester United’s fixture with Liverpool to next Thursday, which means his side must play four games in seven days.
Thursday’s Europa League semi-final tie at Roma was the first in a gruelling list, with fixtures including Premier League clashes against Leicester City (Tuesday) and Liverpool (Thursday).
Prior to those two games, they will travel to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils were due to play the Liverpool game last Sunday, but the match was postponed due to fan protests.
The rearranged date sees them play just 48 hours after the Leicester game, which itself also comes 48 hours after the clash with Villa.
And Solskjaer is not impressed with the new schedule.
Solskjaer left fuming at fixture congestion
He said (via Daily Mirror): “It’s unheard of. It’s made by people who’ve never played football at this level.
“Physically impossible for the players to do it after being here [Roma] – doing Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday is impossible.
“We’ve not been dealt a good hand, but we’ll play it as well as we can.
“We’re going to need everyone in these four games and we’ve just got to see how everyone is Sunday morning.
“We play here and then 2pm on Sunday, so that’s a short turnaround, but we’ll have to be ready and that’s just how it is.”
After those games, second-placed United then complete their Premier League campaign with games against Fulham and Wolves.
They need four points from their last five games to mathematically guarantee Champions League qualification for next season.
Solskjaer’s side will then contest the Europa League final against Villarreal in Gdansk on May 26.
It is the first European final the Norwegian has reached as United manager, having famously scored the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final as a player for the club.
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