Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears the integrity of the top-four race has been compromised by Manchester United’s three games in five days next week.
Solskjaer is considering playing completely different starting line-ups against Leicester City on Tuesday and Liverpool two days later, with both opponents chasing a Champions League place and potentially facing weakened United teams.
“One of them might not be happy because I can play a full team maybe in one, and the next 11 in the other,” said Solskjaer. “If I’m going to look after the players, I’m going to make some decisions. We cannot risk injury for players and that’s too much of an injury risk.
“That might affect whoever gets into the fourth position or the Champions League. That’s not my problem. That’s everyone else’s problem.”
United also travel to Aston Villa tomorrow, two days after returning from Italy where they lost to Roma, but progressed to the Europa League final with an aggregate win over the Serie A side, meaning they will play four games in eight days.
The game against Liverpool was the rearranged fixture following last weekend’s postponement when fans broke into Old Trafford to protest against United’s owners. (© Telegraph Media Group Limited 2021)
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