United traveled to Istanbul Basaksehir for a Champions League group stage clash on Wednesday – a game they lost 2-1 – before having to face a refreshed Everton at Goodison Park at the start of the weekend.
And although his team came from behind to claim all three points, the Norwegian still hit what he called the ‘absolute joke’ schedule his players were facing after Luke Shaw (hamstring), Victor Lindelof (rear) and Marcus Rashford (shoulder) all were injured.
“How can you expect the players to perform to the best of their ability when you send them out at 12:30 pm? Absolute joke, ”he said in his post-match press conference.
“A month ago we tried to move this game. What sense is there for us to play on a Saturday when we could play on Sunday and there is an international break after?
“I cannot say enough how difficult these times are for everyone, not just the footballers, and we want to see quality football.
“Our players were prepared to fail today with the schedule. I pushed my club to really fight the kickoff of this one to give us at least half a chance, but it got called off.
“They will be evaluated and hopefully that’s not too bad, but they [Shaw and Rashford] looked badly towards the end, ”he added.
“It doesn’t sound great. I hope Victor is not too bad but it is also his back.
“When it’s a serious injury it’s not worth the points, but we got the three points today and the boys were not going to give anyone a chance to take three points away from us because they were so determined.
“I don’t really want to lighten the mood. I think this is such a serious problem, they are not robots, they are human beings and they are asked to play.
“Towards the end of the game we didn’t have the intensity of our game. Bruno is a leader and showed a lot of desire and the reaction from everyone was excellent today. ”
Meanwhile, Everton – the Premier League’s first potters – have now taken just one point from their last four games and have conceded at least two goals in each of their last five.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti, who lost three successive league games for the first time since November 2006 with AC Milan, was not happy with their defense.
“It wasn’t a good performance in one aspect and it was defensive. After scoring a goal we couldn’t defend well, ”said the Italian.
“It’s clearly a problem and we need to fix it. “