Solskjaer claims Man Utd stars are being “set up to fail” despite Everton win

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Manchester United have been “set up to fail” by their hectic fixture schedule, despite his side’s victory at Everton.

The Red Devils had less than 72 hours to prepare for Saturday’s lunchtime trip to Goodison Park after their Europa League game with Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday night.

While they were beaten 2-1 in the Turkish capital, United came from behind to beat Everton 3-1 thanks to a double from Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani’s late strike.

The win at the Toffees was United’s 12th game of the season and Solskjaer claims his players are in danger of injuries due to the high volume of fixtures.

Solskjaer is unhappy about the physical and mental burden on his players

“We were set up to fail,” the Red Devils boss told BT Sport . “The kick-off time set us up to fail.

“We have been to Turkey, played loads of games this season already, we got back Thursday morning and we are playing Saturday lunchtime, it’s an absolute shambles.

“These boys deserve better. Luke Shaw has got injured because of it.

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“It’s a hamstring which might be a long one and Marcus Rashford might be struggling.

“The authorities set us up for fail, who is responsible? We’ve had enough of that. Players this season, in these times, a pandemic, mentally and physically it’s draining.

“Let us play on a Sunday, there’s an international break after this, it’s a joke.”

Though he was visibly furious as he discussed the burden on players, Solskjaer heaped praise on his side for their display.

He also signed out Edinson Cavani, who opened his United account with his 95th-minute strike, adding: “The players were brilliant. Cavani is getting better and better.”

The 3-1 victory takes United to 14th in the Premier League with a game in hand on their rivals.

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