Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his Man United stars WON’T be given time off as they try to win the Europa League… despite already qualifying for the Champions League and a quick turnaround to the start of next season’s Premier League
- United resume their Europa League campaign against LASK on Wednesday
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have the luxury of a five-goal lead from first leg
- He will field a weakened side at Old Trafford but stars won’t be rested for long
- Likes of Pogba, Fernandes and Maguire have featured heavily since the restart
- But Solskjaer says nobody will be rested as United aim to win the Europa League
United are no longer feeling the pressure to win the Europa League as their third place finish in the Premier League secured Champions League football for next season.
They pick up their European campaign against the Austrian side LASK at Old Trafford on Wednesday night with the luxury of a 5-0 lead from the first leg.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who spoke alongside Jesse Lingard ahead of Wednesday night’s Europa League tie against LASK, said his most important players won’t be rested in the weeks ahead
United secured a Champions League place by finishing third in the Premier League but Solskjaer has made it clear he wants to win the Europa League
United’s tight schedule
Wednesday LASK (H)
August 10 Potential quarter-final vs Istanbul Basaksehir or Copenhagen
August 17 Potential semi-final
August 21 Potential final
September 12 Scheduled start of Premier League season
That will afford Solskjaer to rest key personnel after a gruelling end to the Premier League season.
But assuming United make it through to the tournament’s last eight in Germany, Solskjaer will be going all out to lift the trophy.
Asked if the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire may be left out, Solskjaer said: ‘The players want to play, they don’t want a break.
‘It is not easy to say, ‘no you’re resting’. I hope the players need to win like I do.
‘For me we go into the tournament with players wanting to win, and we won’t be giving them a break.’
Should United complete the job against LASK, they will face either Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir or Danes FC Copenhagen in the last eight on Monday.
Their semi-final would be the following Monday with the Europa League final scheduled for August 21.
The new Premier League season is slated to commence on September 12, giving Solskjaer approximately three weeks of pre-season.
The likes of Paul Pogba (left) and Bruno Fernandes (right) have been involved in almost every game since football’s restart in June
Captain Harry Maguire is another heavily involved since football resumed back in June