Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unhappy with European schedule


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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has questioned the scheduling of the Champions League quarter-finals following Saturday’s narrow win over West Ham United.

Having lost 1-0 to Barcelona at Old Trafford on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League last eight tie, the Red Devils were back in action on home soil when entertaining West Ham in the late kick-off on Saturday.

France international Paul Pogba scored twice from the spot either side of Felipe Anderson’s goal for the Hammers, who were unlucky not to come away with at least a point after being frustrated by David de Gea.

The Spanish shot-stopper pulled off a sensational save to stop Michail Antonio’s header when the scores were level at 1-1 and that proved to be crucial as United went down the other end to grab the winner.

With the second leg of their European encounter at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, Solskjaer says he was forced to rotate his squad and he has questioned why his side has such a packed schedule.

“I don’t understand that. Someone needs to explain to me why Wednesday night then becomes a Tuesday night in the Champions League the next week,” he said.

“The other teams played Tuesday night and then have Wednesday night, one day extra before and one day extra after.

“That’s a strange one. We tried to Google it but we couldn’t. That’s a strange decision and of course that would have made it different for us, I wouldn’t have made so many changes.”

United are 7.50 outsiders to pick up the win on Tuesday night, a draw is priced at 5.00 while Barcelona are firm 1.40 favourites.

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