Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit out at so-called ‘suits’ for Manchester United’s current hectic fixture schedule, the Red Devils having been forced to play four games in just seven days.
The first game of that unusually packed schedule saw United edge past Serie A side AS Roma to reach the Europa League final, despite sufffering defeat in their semi-final second-leg clash on Thursday night.
That enthralling 8-5 aggregate victory has seen United progress to a first major cup final since their defeat in the 2018 FA Cup showpiece, although they have little time to revel in their triumph, ahead of a frantic week of league action.
Solskjaer’s face Dean Smith’s Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, before two huge clashes with fellow Champions league hopefuls Leicester City and Liverpool on Tuesday night and Thursday night, respectively.
That crammed fixture list has largely come as a result of United’s postponed clash with the Reds on Sunday, after supporters gained access to Old Trafford in protest at the club’s much maligned owners the Glazer’s.
Following that re-arrangement, the Red Devils face three league games in just five days, with a furious Solskjaer insisting that his side have been ‘dealt a very bad hand’ by the powers-that-be which could potentially put his player’s at risk of injury and burnout.
“I’ve never seen that schedule before, not in the modern day football.,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference.
“I’ve looked through and I know that Man United in 1991-92 had a very, very similar run-in and you can see how the results deteriorate. So, for me, we’ve been dealt a very bad hand by people who sit behind a desk in their suits who’ve never played football and understand what this is about.
“Sunday at 2pm is not the problem. That was always scheduled. Tuesday-Thursday after Thursday-Sunday, that’s a big problem.
“I’ve got to look after the players, that’s the biggest thing. We cannot risk injury for players and that’s too much of an injury risk. This year has been so difficult, this season has been so difficult.”