With Manchester United’s reshuffled Premier League schedule, that sees three games cramped into five days, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed that it won’t be possible for his side to go “all out”. Keep this in mind when punting on United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would love to go full throttle against Leicester but says it is “impossible” as he needs to make changes to balance player welfare and priorities at the midway point of Manchester United’s five-day triple-header.
That result delayed Manchester City’s coronation as Premier League champions and Solskjaer’s side have the chance to cut the gap to the leaders to four points by the time their neighbours next line-up.
There remains the faintest chance of a change at the top but the Norwegian is ready to field a weakened side against top-four hopefuls Leicester on Tuesday with the rearranged clash with rivals Liverpool coming on Thursday.
Asked if the fact United can technically still win the league complicates his selection this week, Solskjaer said: “Well, I wish I could have said ‘let’s go full out in all the games’ but it’s impossible.
“Changes? I don’t know. We’ll sit down with the sports scientists (on Sunday).
“We can have a theoretical team now but we’ll have to see how they react when they come in (Monday), when they come in Tuesday morning and pick a team Tuesday afternoon.”
It is an unenviable position for Solskjaer, who is sweating on the results of the scans on Harry Maguire’s ankle injury ahead of a match when the United boss is ready turn to young players.
Shola Shoretire, 17, made his debut in February and Anthony Elanga, 19, is looking for his debut having been on the bench in some recent Europa League matches.