Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lashed out at the Premier League over Manchester United’s hectic fixture schedule in the closing stage of the season.
The Red Devils approach the business end of the 2020/21 season, facing an untenable game schedule that could cost Solskjaer’s side dearly.
Initially planned to take place last Sunday, the highly anticipated meeting between United and Liverpool had to be postponed following fan protests at Old Trafford.
Having seen their delayed Premier League encounter with the Reds moved to Thursday, May 13, United stare at the prospect of taking on three league matches in five days.
Between now and then, Solskjaer’s side have another two matches on their fixture calendar as they head to Aston Villa on Sunday before playing host to Leicester City on Tuesday.
United are on the brink of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League as they sit nine points clear of fifth-placed West Ham and have a game in hand on David Moyes’ team. Although the club are still favourites to finish second – you can use this Quinnbet coupon code 2021 to bet on the team for any of their upcoming games – the upcoming hectic schedule has left the United gaffer flabbergasted.
Following the Red Devils’ Europa League second-leg loss to Roma, Solskjaer unleashed a wave of criticism towards the Premier League’s decision to pile his side up down the final stretch.
“It is unheard of,” he told BT Sport, as quoted by the Evening Standard. “It is made by people who have never played football at this level.
“It is physically impossible for the players. We have not been dealt a good hand.
“We are going to need everyone for these four games. It is a short turnaround, but we have to be ready.”
Despite going down 3-2 at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday, United reached the Europa League final on the back of a 6-2 first-leg victory at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer refused to hide his excitement for having a chance to lift his first European trophy since joining the realm of management.
“It feels good to be in the final. We played one very, very good half at Old Trafford, which has taken us through.
“I am disappointed we lost – especially the way we played in the second half.”