Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unexpected message to UEFA over Europa League preference

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he would be prepared to play a one-off game against Real Sociedad in the Europa League.

Sociedad's director of football Roberto Olabe has hit out at UEFA after they moved the first leg of the clash to Turin due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic.

The two sides were due to meet at Sociedad's Anoeta Stadium in San Sebastian next Thursday – but United are prevented from entering Spain.

The first leg will now take place at Juventus' Allianz Stadium in Turin – with the return leg still being played at Old Trafford.

Olabe has labelled the decision 'unfair' because United still get their home advantage – and wants the game to be played on a neutral venue.

Solskjaer admits Olabe is right and that United will have an advantage when it comes to trying to reach the next round.

He would agree to just one game at a neutral venue – and admits it would help United because it would be one less match for his stars to play in.

He said: "With Europe, we hope it's going to be sustainable, with different governments and the travel in Europe is difficult.

"It's not a decision we made, but when one game is at a neutral venue it's a disadvantage to the team that doesn't have the home game.

"That's out of our hands, so we can't say we'd go to Turin and play one game. But I wouldn't mind that at all, it would be one game less.

"That's what we did last season. We met somewhere neutral and made it a tournament. If we keep home and away going, as I said, we do have a little advantage.

"It's a disadvantage for Sociedad of course to have home game in Turin, so for me I wouldn't stand in the way (of having a one-off game). But there's probably other reasons why we don't."

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