Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided a fitness update ahead of Manchester United’s Carabao Cup tie with Brighton on Wednesday evening, the Norwegian outlining that he is set to rotate his squad for the fixture.
The clash with the Seagulls will be the two sides second meeting in a matter of days at the Amex, with United having claimed a last-gasp victory against Graham Potter’s side in the Premier League on Saturday – Bruno Fernandes netting from the penalty spot in the 100th minute of the match after Neal Maupay had been penalised for handball, courtesy of VAR.
That result saw United claim their first Premier League victory of the season having lost to Crystal Palace in their previous fixture and made it back-to-back wins in all competitions, the Red Devils also securing a 3-0 victory over Luton in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
With the game coming so soon after the weekend’s victory, Solskjaer revealed he would make changes for the fourth round tie and utilise his squad to provide the ‘opportunity for individuals to impress’ and offer some much needed game time.
“I’m not sure. Every game lives its own life and, of course at the stage we’re at in the season with all the games coming up, I think teams are making changes.” Solskjaer told manunited.com.
“You can see teams have a cup team and a league team and we’ll make changes. It’ll be very similar to what happened last week against Luton.
“It’s an opportunity for game-time. We need to build up the squad for a long season ahead and, of course, it’s an opportunity for individuals to impress.
“At the stage we’re at, we need to have players ready and available because it’s a long season. But we have a strong and a big squad.”
The former Molde boss was also asked whether his side have suffered any new injury concerns, although the 47-year-old revealed he has no worries on that front and is looking ahead to what he claims is a ‘big week’ for the club.
“No, not really,“ Solskjaer said.
“We’ve got a big week coming up with this cup game and Tottenham on Sunday, so [we’ve got] eyes on both of them.”