IT’S NOT FAIR! Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer regrets Chelsea getting two extra days to prepare for the FA Cup semifinal
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it is unfair that Chelsea get more time for the FA Cup semifinal
- United will face Crystal Palace on Thursday, while Chelsea have had five days of rest
- Solskjaer succeeds Paul Pogba’s condition after recovering from an injury
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finds it unfair that Chelsea has 48 hours longer than Manchester United to prepare for Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal.
United face less than three days before the Wembley clash against Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Selhurst Park on Thursday, while Chelsea had five days of rest on Tuesday after their win over Norwich.
Solskjaer claims this will bring Frank Lampard’s side an advantage as both clubs prepare for their ninth game in a month since the restart.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer complained for the FA Cup tie with Chelsea
Solskjaer claimed it is unfair for Chelsea to have two more days to prepare for the FA Cup semifinal
“It’s not fair,” said United’s boss. Obviously there is concern that they will have had 48 hours more rest and recovery than we have.
“We were talking about fair planning for this restart, and of course it isn’t.
“Forty-eight hours is a big difference right now (of the season), so we didn’t get four aces, so to speak. We have to put on a poker face and play the cards well.
“I have to think about Thursday, concentrate on winning that one and then pick up the pieces. The team selection is based on Thursday. Sunday is irrelevant. ‘
After mentioning the same line-up for the last five league games, Solskjaer must decide whether to risk Luke Shaw and Mason Greenwood, both of whom sustained ankle injuries during Monday’s draw with Southampton.
United will play Crystal Palace on Thursday evening, three days before their cup match
Greenwood suffers from the consequences of a late challenge from midfielder Oriol Romeu, which Solskjaer thought might have been a red card.
Brandon Williams should be available to replace Shaw if necessary after sutures in the facial wound that forced him to go off.
“Luke and Mason, their ankles are swollen and slightly inflated. I give them as much recovery time as possible to give them a chance, ”added Solskjaer.
“It is clear that Mason continued and I think it should certainly have been looked at by the referee. He played on in the heat of the minute and adrenaline gets you going, then you get a little reaction. ‘
United will also monitor Paul Pogba’s condition because of concerns that the Frenchman is playing too much football after recovering from a long ankle injury.
Pogba, who has played in all seven games for United since the restart, was guilty of giving the ball away for Southampton’s first goal after declaring himself fit-to-play.
United will also monitor Paul Pogba’s condition for worrying that he has played too much football
“I talked to Paul more or less every day,” said Solskjaer. “He knows he wouldn’t be impeached. When Paul plays like this, he is not removed from any team in the world – France or Man United.
“But he’s been gone a long time. There was a question mark before the game, but he felt ready, which was great. Now let’s see how he is today or even tomorrow morning. ‘
Dropping two points in their quest to qualify for the Champions League was United’s first real disappointment since he returned to the lockdown to extend an unbeaten run of 18 games.
They have three games left to reach the top four, and Solskjaer said, “A little bit of setback is a test of our mindset. It almost always comes down to the past few weeks at Man United. ‘