Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits 'games caught up' with Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits ‘games caught up’ with his Manchester United side at Leicester… but boss insists he would NOT do anything differently if he had another chance after resting star man Bruno Fernandes in lethargic FA Cup quarter-final loss

  • Star man Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw and striker Edinson Cavani were rested 
  • The Red Devils faced AC Milan in the Europa League round of 16 on Thursday
  • And boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended his rotation as Foxes beat them 3-1 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted ‘games caught up’ with his Manchester United side after they were dumped out of the FA Cup quarter-finals by Leicester.

Star man Bruno Fernandes, in-form left-back Luke Shaw and first-choice striker Edinson Cavani were rested from the start as a double from Kelechi Iheanacho and a Youri Tielemans goal saw the Foxes home.

Mason Greenwood had made it 1-1 but United struggled to get going even after Fernandes, Shaw, Cavani and McTominay came off the bench in a quadruple change on 64 minutes.

A rotated Manchester United side lost 3-1 to Leicester in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday

Star man Bruno Fernandes (above) was left on the bench while United struggled for creativity

Despite defeat, the Norwegian insisted he would pick the same team again if he had the chance.

He said after the match: ‘The games caught up with us, the travels. Thursday night in Milan took a lot out of us physically. The changes were necessary. I don’t think I would’ve done anything different.

But boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted he would not do things differently if he had the chance

‘We’ve got the Europa League and Premier League to concentrate on – yes we would’ve liked to go to Wembley but now all the focus is on the games we do have. It won’t be easy but we want to get as far as possible in the Europa as well.’

‘Every team selection has reasons behind it and Bruno has played a lot of football. Thursday night he broke all his records physically, statistically. And the boy is not inhuman, he is also a human being. 

‘He’s played a game every three or four days and it was a chance to start both Donny and Paul, but the accumulation of games maybe caught up with us. Bruno wants to play and sometimes you make decisions for the benefit of the team.’ 

The Red Devils played a strong team against AC Milan on Thursday, winning 1-0 in their Europa League second leg tie to progress to the quarter-finals.

After the international break Solskjaer’s side play five matches in 14 days in a jam-packed schedule of domestic and European football.

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