Solskjaer feels hectic schedule makes it 'impossible' for Man United to maintain pressure on Man City

Manchester United brace themselves for a difficult run-in with a game against Leicester City on Tuesday and Liverpool on Thursday in the Premier League.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a file photo; Credit: Manchester United Twitter page

Manchester United could cut the gap at the top of the table to four points if they win their next two games against Leicester and Liverpool. A win for United in both these matches can take their total points tally to 76 from 36 games. By the time, Manchester City next play Newcastle United on Saturday, United can be in touching distance of the leaders having played a game more. However, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the club’s hectic schedule makes it “impossible” for his side to keep the pressure on their neighbours.

“I wish I could have said let’s go full out in all the games but it’s impossible,” Solskjaer said. “That’s the hard bit for me – knowing that if I do play these XI again on Tuesday and Thursday it’s impossible. I run too much of a risk of injuring them, so talking about integrity in the league and stuff, don’t blame me when I have to make changes, because I have to. It’s not safe for them to play all four, so I’ve got to prioritise.”

Referring to Tuesday’s game, Ole was asked about the possibility of Amad Diallo and Shola Shoretire being including in the squad for that match. “They’re in contention [Amad and Shoretire] yeah, definitely and they’re in the first-team squad, they’re training with us every day so I would think that some of the young boys will get an appearance definitely. If it’s coming on towards the end or if it’s starting I don’t know because I don’t know how the players will be on Tuesday when we see them.”

Ole praises Greenwood

The manager also heaped praise on Greenwood, saying that the youngster is learning all the time. “I can say that Mason is learning all the time, he’s learning on the job which is not easy, it’s difficult and he’s had to bear a lot of responsibility. He’s popped up with so many important goals for us and Thursday night worked his socks off, go again,” he added.

“He’s tired, his body’s not really filled out yet, he might not be ready for all these games but he’s got something special. The kid just turns the game around in one split second and the goal today was excellent, so I’m delighted that he’s got back to his goalscoring best and is learning more and more all the other bits as well.”




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