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Solskjaer slams officials for Manchester United schedule


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has criticized Premier League officials for his side’s fixture schedule after their 3-1 win against Everton.

Man Utd traveled to Istanbul for a Wednesday night Champions League tie against Basaksehir but they were made to play the weekend’s early kick-off game on Saturday and Solskjaer was not impressed after the game.

The United boss told BT Sport: “We were set up to fail. The kick-off time set us up to fail.

“We have been to Turkey played loads of games this season already, we got back Thursday morning and we are playing Saturday lunchtime, it’s an absolute shambles.

“These boys deserve better. Luke Shaw has got injured because of it. It’s a hamstring which might be a long one and Marcus Rashford might be struggling.

“The authorities set us up to fail, who is responsible? We’ve had enough of that.

“Players this season, in these times, a pandemic, mentally and physically, it’s draining. Let us play on a Sunday, there’s an international break after this, it’s a joke.”

Luke Shaw was forced off in the second-half of the game and Marcus Rashford was also hurt late on.

Greenwood was not included in the provisional squad on Friday night and the 19-year-old did not travel to Goodison Park.

During his post-match press conference, Solskjaer added: “It doesn’t look great. Victor, hopefully, not too bad but it’s his back as well. Any injury when it’s serious isn’t worth the points but the boys were not going to give anyone a chance to take three points off us, so determined.”

“I pushed my club to really fight the kick-off time on this one to give us at least half a chance,” Solskjaer explained. “It was quashed and selected [for 12.30 on the Saturday].

“There are too many serious injuries in the Premier League this season already that might be mental or physical fatigue. Being late in a tackle or you’re fatigued and you tire yourself.

“We want this product to be the best one in world. It is at times, it’s so exciting but we don’t want it to harm any players. These are difficult times for everyone and we need to look after everyone in general.”

Manchester United have two weeks off for the international break before returning with a vital home game with West Brom.


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