Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is despairing over catching up to Premier League leaders Manchester City because of Manchester United’s “impossible” schedule.
Per the head coach, United’s hectic schedule makes it “impossible” for them to perform well in the season’s final weeks.
Solskjaer’s Impossible Challenge
It is technically possible for United to beat City to the league title after Pep Guardiola’s side lost against Chelsea at the weekend.
And Solskjaer’s side could close the gap of four points, they’re second-placed, even before City play again.
But they would have to win all of their remaining games to overtake City as title-winners. That is, only if City themselves don’t win in their last three against Newcastle, Brighton and Everton.
In midst of this pressure, Solskjaer is upset over this week’s schedule of two games in three days.
Solskjaer said: “I wish I could have said let’s go full out in all the games, but it’s impossible. That’s the hard bit for me, knowing if I do play this XI [that played against Villa] on Tuesday and then again on Thursday, it’s impossible, I run too much of a risk in injuring them.
“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 have to prioritise.”
United’s Impossible Schedule
Manchester United have a packed schedule this week. While they face Leicester City tomorrow, on May 11, they are busy on May 14, Friday, as well.
Then, they will play yet another rescheduled fixture within the domestic top-flight with Liverpool.
Actually, the United-Leicester fixture itself should have been played on Wednesday. Instead, it has been pushed to Tuesday, despite the team just playing on Sunday, yesterday away to Aston Villa.
This is not to mention that they also face Fulham the very next Tuesday, on May 18. Eventually, United’s final match of the campaign, against Wolves, will take place on May 23, Sunday.
Why Must United Play Twice in Three Days?
The reason behind United’s hectic week is, essentially, their fans’ discontent with United owners, the Glazer family.
United and Liverpool, old English rivals, were to clash on May 2 for a Premier League game at Old Trafford.
But Premier League had to reschedule this fixture after protesting fans stormed into the stadium two hours before kick-off.
Fans protested outside Theatre of Dreams and Lowry Hotel, where the United team were residing, as well.
They wanted the Glazers to step down from ownership. Instead, they wanted to introduce 50+1 fan ownership to prevent future disastrous Super Leagues and make United debt-free once again.
Premier League then arranged for Liverpool and United to play the game on Thursday, meaning right after United’s game against Leicester.