Furious Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heavily criticised the Premier League’s scheduling after his side’s 3-1 win at Everton on Saturday lunchtime, claiming his side “were set up to fail”.
United travelled to Istanbul Basaksehir for a Champions League group stage clash on Wednesday – a game they lost 2-1 – before having to face a refreshed Everton at Goodison Park in the weekend’s early kick-off.
And despite his team coming from behind to claim all three points, the Norwegian still hit out at what he called the “joke” schedule his players were faced with after Luke Shaw (hamstring), Victor Lindelof (back) and Marcus Rashford (shoulder) all picked up injuries.
“We were set up to fail,” an angry Solskjaer told BT Sport after the game.
“I said I wanted to talk about the kick-off time. We got Luke Shaw injured today. We’ve been to Turkey, we’ve played loads of games this season already, we’re back in Thursday, we’re playing Saturday in a lunchtime kick-off; it’s an absolute shambles.
“I can’t praise the boys enough for the character they’ve shown. Them boys deserve better than being thrown out here to fail today.
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“The authorities have set us up to fail. How can they set us up, after a Champions League on Wednesday night in Turkey, to set us a Saturday midday kick-off?
“Liverpool-City? They played on Tuesday and play on Sunday. Who is responsible for that? I’ve had enough.
“We have to understand how these players in these times how mentally draining this is, how physically draining this is, and you set us up like this? We’ve lost Luke Shaw because of that.
“It’s a joke.”
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