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Solskjaer discusses Manchester United's 'relentless' fixture list and the need for 'rhythm'

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has discussed Manchester United’s ‘relentless’ fixture list and the importance of finding ‘rhythm’, as the club prepare to face Wolves in their FA Cup third-round replay tomorrow evening.

Manchester United host Wolves at Old Trafford on Wednesday night ahead of a congested run of fixtures that will see the club potentially play four more times before the end of the month, including facing league leaders Liverpool at Anfield this weekend and their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg with Manchester City.

The testing run of games comes after an equally tiring festive fixture schedule, and whilst Solskjaer admits the schedule allows for no breaks, he believes positive results can give the Red Devils ‘energy’ as they look to build momentum in the coming weeks.

“Results give you energy. For me I’m fine, I only have to see you [the media] before and after the game,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference.

“It’s our 14th game in 45 days. We’ve still got five or six games before the winter break, it’s relentless, 18 games in less than 60 days which is physically and mentally demanding, we have to energise them.

“We have a good result and performance like Norwich and bad results have to be used as a motivation, as in we’re not there yet, we need to keep improving.

“Just need the rhythm. When I was playing I felt us as a team got into the rhythm of match, rest, match, rest, I never got that physical thing. Players like Roy [Keane], Scholesy [Paul Scholes] and Gary [Neville] improved.”

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