Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken aim at the ‘unfair’ scheduling of Manchester United’s fixtures this week.

United are in action three times this week, having drawn with Southampton on Monday, they travel to Crystal Palace on tonight night before taking on Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend.

Whilst Chelsea, who beat Norwich City in the only Premier League match staged on Tuesday night, will have 48 hours more rest than United ahead of this weekend.

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Olivier Giroud scores for Chelsea against Norwich CREDIT: EDDIE KEOGH/THE TELEGRAPH/POOL

And Solskjaer believes 48 hours is a big difference at this time in the season and that his side are going to have to put on a Poker face and play their cards well in their remaining games.

“There is a concern, obviously, that they will have had 48 hours more rest and recovery than us,” the Reds boss said.

“It’s not fair. We spoke about a fair scheduling going into this restart and, of course, it isn’t. But I have to think about Thursday, winning that one, focusing on that one, and then pick up the pieces after that.

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Manchester United will battle Chelsea for an FA Cup final slot at Wembley on Sunday. PHOTO/COURTESY

“We’ve not really played every three days but we definitely will now. The next two weeks will be hectic but then again we’re fit, very fit – our lads have not felt as fit as this for years, I’m sure.

“There are some young lads there who will be fitter than the average Joe and quicker to recover but the way the coaches and fitness staff worked them over the lockdown and even throughout the whole season.

“It was a big thing towards the end of last season that we felt our team wasn’t fit enough. We got a few injuries. This season we’ve not had that kind of a problem.


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