Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy with the club’s tight turnaround after their Champions League victory over Villarreal in the midweek.
United will be up against Everton on Saturday in an early kickoff for a second-week running. Solskjaer was furious last year when United’s November trip to Everton was scheduled for 12.30 pm on a Saturday after they had traveled to Turkey for their 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.
Liverpool and City played in the Champions League on Tuesday and will have had a five-day gap between matches, whereas UInited have three.
“The boost and energy you get in the group after a win like this has to be built on,” Solskjaer said of the finale against Villarreal.
“It’s a very, very quick turnaround, a different turnaround to last year when we played Everton away and played Wednesday night and Saturday morning. But the players aren’t going to get caught out, we’ve got to start as we finished on Wednesday night.”
“Yeah, absolutely no explanation, well, it’s TV. Absolutely no common sense at all. We had the same scenario last year when we were in Turkey, came back, and played Everton. The players aren’t gonna get that joy again, they had it last year as well.
“But we have to make it happen because it’s not like we did it last year so it’s going to have to happen again, the crowd is going to have to help, that’s important and I know they will.”
“Us and Chelsea played Wednesday night. We could easily have played Sunday and Liverpool-City should have been a Saturday one. Common sense might not be so common. But that’s for another day.”