Manchester United made a winning return after the winter break with a 2-0 victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last night.

Some fans might have expected United to fly out of the blocks after an extended pause from action, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted to the club’s official website that wasn’t the case.

He also hit out over the scheduling of fixtures as his side now embark on a frantic run of games, to which they’ve made the perfect start.

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What did he say?

Solskjaer said: “We were a bit leggy. Sometimes it takes time to blow the cobwebs off. The players had a week off and we trained for a week.


“We were better in the second half, in the legs, in the first half I thought we looked cumbersome.”

“We’re not going to get help from anyone because we played tonight and we’ve already got a game on Thursday. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why we didn’t play on Saturday.”

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Can United manage the load?

Solskjaer seems to manage to complain about not playing enough games and then playing too many.

He is right to point out United should have played earlier in the weekend, and it’s just another example of the primacy of television companies without thought of the clubs.

United should have made a better start to the match. Rustiness is understandable but the freshness which should have been there after two weeks off was missing.

Solskjaer’s side have a game pretty much every three days in the coming weeks and that should help build momentum if they can build on last night’s display.

Most of United’s players did look generally better for the rest but Daniel James still looked like a man lacking the energy he had when he first broke onto the scene at the start of the season.

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