Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he is looking forward to a hectic week of action which will see the Red Devils play three huge games.
United will kick things off when they host Aston Villa on Sunday, before welcoming José Mourinho back to Old Trafford with Tottenham Hotspur three days later. They will then end the week with a short trip across Manchester to face rivals Manchester City on 7 December.
Speaking to the club's official website, Solskjaer confessed that the team's busy schedule was a large part of the reason behind his choice to rest so many of his senior stars for the Europa League trip to Astana.
“It’s a great week,” Solskjaer said. “That’s why we made the decision that we did, to leave some players at home instead of travelling to Astana, so that they could have a good week of training.
“It was the last time for a while that we could have a training week. We’ve not had a training week for a while!
“So I can’t wait to get out at Old Trafford again and the boys took a lot of heart from the Sheffield United comeback last weekend. After a bad start, the performance there was good and I’m looking forward to facing Villa.
“We’re looking forward to the whole week and we’re going to stay in Manchester for the whole week. Let’s make sure we start well against Villa.”
Victory against Dean Smith's side would be the perfect start to the week. Solskjaer admitted that he was looking forward to coming up against Villa - a club which he has always respected since his days as a player with United.
“They deserve to be in the Premier League,” he added. “I think it’s a great club. I scored a couple of times there at Villa Park, which I enjoyed. I played a lot against Aston Villa.
“They’re back to where they belong. But for us, we’re at home now and we need to keep on winning. The Brighton game was a good game, last time at Old Trafford, and hopefully we can continue.”