Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Threatens to Experiment With Rotation as Jurgen Klopp Offers Sympathy Over Packed Schedule

Man United have a packed schedule after their match vs Liverpool was rearranged
Man United have a packed schedule after their match vs Liverpool was rearranged / PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has slammed the Premier League's fixture scheduling that sees his side play five games in 15 days after reaching the Europa League final on Thursday.

United face Aston Villa on May 9, Leicester on May 11, and Liverpool on May 13. Solskjaer's side then take on Fulham on May 18 and travel to Wolves on May 23, post which they finally face Unai Emery's Villarreal in the Europa League final on May 26.

"Depends what team I put out in what games," he replied when asked if United's schedule had done other teams a favour.

He added, "One of them might not be happy because I play a full team maybe in one and the next 11 in the other. Sunday at 2pm is not the problem. That was always scheduled. Tuesday and Thursday after Thursday-Sunday, that's a big problem."

Solskjaer continued, "I feel for the players. I feel for the team, I feel for them, having had this fantastic season and got to a final and I’m sat here answering these questions and not about the run-in. They’ve worked their socks off, they've been absolutely brilliant and I’m just very, very happy for them that we’ve got to this place. We just have to do our best."

Wishing for this tough run to go harmless, Ole concluded, "I just keep my fingers crossed that nobody gets injured. That's going to be my biggest concern, injuries. Harry Maguire has played every minute for us in the Premier League since he came. I don't think that’s not possible now. That’s another record or another stat he could have been very proud of but I can’t really see that happening now."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he sympathises with Solskjaer over the prospect of having to play three league games in a span of five days. "We were informed about the process, but nothing to do with it really," Klopp said at a press conference on Friday.

He concluded "Yes, I feel sympathy for him [Solskjaer], it’s not how it should be. But it’s not good for us as well, to be honest. I would’ve preferred to play the game last week. Now we have five games in the last two weeks so that’s not really cool as well. But that’s how it is. Nothing to complain about or whatever, it’s just the situation."