Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blasted the league organisers following a 2-1 loss against Leicester City – the club’s second game of three taking place in the space of five days.
The loss meant that cross-city rivals Manchester City were handed the Premier League crown.
And the United manager was not pleased with the lack of rest in between games, calling the fixture list ‘impossible’.
“It can’t be like this again,” Ole told BT Sport after the game. “We can’t play Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. It’s impossible. That’s the reason why we had to make these changes. It’s just unheard of.
“This is impossible for the players to perform at this level.”
Ole rotated 10 players from the lineup against Aston Villa on Sunday to accommodate for the lack of recovery time and a showdown with rivals Liverpool 48 hours after today’s game finished.
It is not the first time Ole has slammed the league organisers, with a similarly congested fixture list thrust upon the team mid-season.
Despite result Ole says he was ‘pleased’
Aside from the frustration at the rate of games United are being forced to play, Ole said he was ‘pleased’ with his side’s performance.
“It started off a bit slow,” Ole said. “As you might expect because they’ve not had any time to prepare for the game.
“But after they scored, you know, they had nothing to lose and I thought they played some very, very good stuff and I was pleased with it.”
The United boss was especially happy with the performances of Amad Diallo, who got his debut league appearance, and Mason Greenwood who bagged his seventh Premier League goal this season.
“The young kid Amad did really well,” Ole said. “Mason again, he looked like a seasoned professional out there, he’s only 19 and the way he’s played today as well very, very good.”
Corner that led to second goal should not have been given
Ole claimed that the corner that led to Leicester’s second goal scored by Cal Soyuncu, should never have been given.
“Unfortunately they got a goal from a corner that was never a corner. It was a throw-in,” Ole said.
“So that’s very disappointing for us,’ he added.
Ole says he needs to strengthen squad
Manchester United handed the Premier League title to their rivals Manchester City with tonight’s loss and Ole was quick to identify what United need to keep pace with them next season.
“If we want to take up the challenge with them of course we need to strengthen our squad,” he said.
“Very pleased with my boys because they’ve made it into the last 10 days of the season.
“We’ve done well but we want to take the next step and it might be that we need a couple of more [players] to have a stronger squad.”
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