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Solskjaer reckons ‘the quality of football will improve’ following Man Utd’s ‘relentless’ winter schedule

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the quality of Manchester United’s football ‘will improve’ as they prepare to return from their mid-season training camp in Marbella.

Manchester United would take their first-team squad on a warm-weather training camp in Spain during the Premier League‘s inaugural winter break, Solskjaer keen to ease the demands on his side following a ‘relentless’ festive schedule that saw the club play nine fixtures throughout January.

The Red Devils return to action on Monday night when they travel to face top-four rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Solskjaer’s side currently six-points behind the west London outfit in the race to secure Champions League qualification.

United’s task will be made more difficult by the continued absence of top scorer Marcus Rashford as he continues his recovery from a stress fracture in his back, whilst midfield duo Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay also remain sidelined with ankle and knee complaints respectively.

Solskjaer admits the absence of the trio is a blow to his plans as the club look to secure a top-four finish, but is confident the quality of football from his side will improve in the coming weeks having been re-energised over the past fortnight.

“How do you go about without playing with Marcus, Paul, Scott? You deal with it,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference. “Players are gonna get a chance, they have had a great rest, it was beneficial for absolutely everyone in the squad, individually, the team, but other teams and the league.

“The quality of football will improve. January and December was relentless for us, it’s a good move by the authorities to give us that weekend. At Manchester United you don’t get two weeks without games when you’ve got everyone, it is up to the boys to show freshness.”

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