Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms that his Manchester United players will be free pending the return of the Europa League … unlike Pep Guardiola who plans to increase training intensity for Man City stars without a break
- Man United will have some free time after the conclusion of the Premier League
- The Red Devils face Leicester on the last day and need a point to secure the top four
- It then faced a delayed Europa League knockout campaign in Germany
- Man City faces a similar situation, but Pep Guardiola does not give free time
Manchester United players will have a short break between the end of the Premier League season and the restart of their European campaign, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.
While Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has decided not to give his team a break before including Real Madrid in the Champions League, Solskjaer will release his squad from training at Carrington next week after Sunday’s last league game in Leicester.
United’s defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinals means they don’t need to prepare for the one-week final on Saturday, and a 5-0 lead in the first leg over LASK Linz puts pressure on their Europe League return game against the Austrians in Germany next month.
Ole Gunnar Solskajer lets his men take a break after the last game of the season
“We give them some free time,” said Solskjaer. “The effort was fantastic and they need mental and physical time to charge the batteries.
“We have a 5-0 lead (more than LASK), so we don’t have to go into that game chasing two or three goals like you normally would.”
Man United has yet to secure a top four finish before closing the Europa League
United’s trip to King Power Stadium on Sunday will be their eleventh game in 37 days since the restart, and Solskjaer admits it has taken its toll on the players.
“When the last game of the season is in front of you, you expect players to have bruises, pain and fatigue,” he added.
Although this season has been different, it has been an exhausting season for everyone.
“We certainly have enough energy for 90 minutes. There will also be injury time, so we have plenty of time.
“But when we were so far behind when the lockdown came, we had to go for it – go for goals and go for points. It has been a huge effort for everyone to get into this position with one more game to go. ‘
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