Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has discussed the difficulties ahead as he tries to prepare for next season and make the most of the transfer market with football barely stopping over the summer.
The Red Devils play their final Premier League game of the season on Sunday against Leicester as they try to secure Champions League qualification for next season.
However, that is not their work done for the summer as they remain in the Europa League and will hope to be lifting the trophy on the date of the final, 21 August.
That comes just three weeks before the start of the 2020/21 Premier League season, which gets underway on 12 September, so there could be little to no respite for the United squad.
Solskjaer admits that this has made things very difficulty for planning, but the Norwegian has numerous ideas up his sleeve in terms of pre-season preparation and in the transfer market.
‘Yeah, it’s difficult to plan [for next season],’ Solskjaer said ahead of the huge Leicester City contest on Sunday.
‘Of course, when you finish the season with a European tournament that you don’t really know how long it’s going to last… we don’t know if we will play our last game on 5th, or 10th, or 16th or 17th, or 21st [August].
‘So planning next season, pre-season preparation of course, it’s a new experience for everyone and we’ve just got to be quick on our feet when the last game’s done. But the transfer market, who knows what that’s going to look like? But of course, we’ve got a plan in that respect and we have a couple of scenarios.
‘It’s how mentally it’s going to change when the season ends. When it does, we’ll know where we’ve ended up and what’s going to happen next season.
‘So next season is just going to run into one, more or less, and it’s going to be non-stop and it’s going to be midweek, weekend, midweek, weekend, which is also a challenge. It’s great having things to think about.’
Manchester United need to just avoid defeat at the King Power on Sunday afternoon to secure their spot in the top four of the Premier League and Champions League qualification for next season.
Victory will ensure a third place finish, which would represent fantastic progress in Solskjaer’s first full season in charge of the team.
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