Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted the club asked for this weekend’s game against Everton to be moved over fears with their schedule.
The Red Devils feel hard done by, having been allocated the 12.30pm lunchtime slot on Saturday in the Premier League.
Everton host United at Goodison Park live on BT Sport on November 7, less than three days after their Champions League clash in Turkey.
Solskjaer’s men take on Istanbul Basaksehir this evening (5.55pm) and then face a quick turnaround ahead of the weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are another team to have been put in a similar boat by the fixture schedule already this season.
On Wednesday, October 21, City beat Porto at home 3-1 before drawing 1-1 in the Premier League at West Ham the following Saturday lunchtime.
United have it even harder given they are flying backwards and forwards to Turkey, and after their dismal start to the Premier League season, they need all the help they can get.
But Solskjaer and his team will simply have to cope with the hand they have been dealt.
In his interview with United’s official website , the club outlined how the fixtures have been a little unkind giving them an early Saturday kick-off after today’s trip.
On whether that will have any bearing on his plans for the squad tonight, Solskjaer revealed: “It might have an impact on the team selection and subs we make depending on the game of course.
“12.30pm on a Saturday doesn’t help us but that’s what the Champions League gives to you.
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“It gives you a challenge because you want to be in this competition playing in midweek and we’ve just got to take it as it comes.
“We asked for a Sunday game but there was absolutely no help to get that.”
Asked if United are looking forward to the two big tests this week, though, Solskjaer said: “Definitely. It’s always important to bounce back and respond after a disappointing day.
“We’ve had some time to reflect over this [the Arsenal defeat] now and it’s gone, and we’ve got to get a performance in Istanbul and hopefully we’ll get three points and then we go to Everton.
“Of course we’ve not been helped by the schedule but it’s another challenge.”
Fortunately for United, they have had a strong start to their Champions League campaign, going into tonight’s match off the back of a 2-1 win away to PSG and 5-0 drubbing of RB Leipzig at Old Trafford last Wednesday, which was followed by a dull defeat at home to Arsenal four days later.