United’s initial clash with Liverpool was postponed last weekend after a fan protest at Old Trafford against the club’s owners. The postponed game means Solsksjaer’s side face the grueling prospect, at the end of a relentless season, of playing three league games in five days.
After successfully negotiating their way past Roma on Thursday to reach the Europa League final, United travel to Aston Villa on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, before hosting Leicester at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Ahead of their next game against Fulham on the following Tuesday, Liverpool’s revamped game was in a hurry, a move that angered Solskjaer.
“I’ve never seen this program before, not in modern football,” Solskjaer said. “I looked through and I know Man Utd in 91/92 had a very similar run and you can see how the results are deteriorating. So for me, we have been roughed up by people behind it. their offices in suits who have never played football and understand what it is.
“I can promise you that it is impossible to play four times 90 minutes at this intensity, at this level in the Premier League, from Thursday to Thursday. It means I can’t play everyone every minute, which means we have to prioritize.
“Sunday 2pm is not the problem, it was always planned. Tuesday, Thursday after Thursday, Sunday – that’s a big deal. “
United are on track for a second place this season, the highest in Solskjaer’s tenure, four points clear of Leicester heading into the weekend’s fixtures.
But Solskjaer has other priorities in the coming week – avoiding injury to his players, with a first trophy on the horizon. The rotation, insists the Norwegian, is inevitable.
“Two games in three days is difficult but you can accept it, we do it at Christmas,” added Solskjaer. “Two games in three days, after a long season with all the games we have had, even more difficult.
“Three games in five days – very, very difficult, almost impossible. And four games in eight – it’s impossible. But we will meet the challenge head-on. I’m not sitting here sulking but I’m just saying a few. he does not understand the face of the Premier League, it is the best league in the world.
“I don’t know how you can defend playing three games in such a short period of time. I know there will be teams that fight for the Champions League places who don’t think ‘this is not the best team in Man Utd, this is not their best But I have to take care of it players, and that could mean someone is not happy with my team selection for one game – or two games.
“It could affect whoever gets to fourth place, or the Champions League. It’s not my problem, it’s everyone else’s problem. “
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted feeling sorry for Solskjaer but insisted his side were not the beneficiaries.
“We’ve been briefed on the reorganization process, but that’s it,” Klopp said. “I have sympathy for him – it’s not how it should be but it’s not good for us either.”
“I would have preferred to play the game last week, but now we have five games in the last two weeks, which isn’t really cool either. But that’s what it is and no complaints – it’s just the situation. “
Solskjaer was more positive on the form of Edinson Cavani, who doubled his brace in the Europa League semi-final first leg 6-2 win over Roma last week with two more goals in the 3 loss -2 in the return leg in Rome. .
No decision has been made by Cavani on whether he wants to stay at Manchester beyond this season, but his manager remains optimistic.
“We have no time limit [on when he could sign a new deal] but the more goals he scores, the better we become as a team, the more likely he is to have that feeling again, ”added Solskjaer. Let’s talk again after Sunday. Maye, he’s decided, maybe. ”