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Solskjaer expresses his ‘concern’ at unfair fixture scheduling ahead of FA Cup semi-final

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed his ‘concern’ at the unfair fixture scheduling ahead of Manchester United’s FA Cup semi-final meeting with Chelsea this weekend.

Manchester United travel to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League this evening before their semi-final meeting with Chelsea on Sunday, and Solskjaer believes his side have been placed at a disadvantage ahead of the last four clash at Wembley.

The west London side beat relegated Norwich at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night and will have had an additional two days of rest before their huge clash this weekend, while Solskjaer is unlikely to rotate his side tonight with United needing victory at Palace to maintain their hopes of a top four finish.

The Norwegian has questioned the fairness of the fixture scheduling and admits it is a ‘concern,’ but is hopeful his side can dig deep as they bid for a successful end to the season.

“There is a concern, obviously, that they will have had 48 hours more rest and recovery than us,” said Solskjaer at his pre-match press conference.

“It’s not fair. We spoke about a fair scheduling going into this restart and of course, it isn’t.

“We’ve not been handed four aces, put it that way, for the last two weeks. But we’re going to have to put on a poker face and play the cards well.

“We’ve not really played every three days, but we definitely will now – 48 hours is a big difference at this time of the season.”

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