Solskjaer - Chelsea have FA Cup advantage

16 July 2020 18:35:33 GMTPlus10

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer believes it is unfair that Chelsea will have had two extra days to prepare for their FA Cup semi-final meeting on Sunday.

Frank Lampard's side were involved in Tuesday's only Premier League game when they beat relegated Norwich 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, while United have to wait until Thursday to lock horns with Crystal Palace.

The fixtures have been coming thick and fast but Solksjaer believes his team should have had more time to set themselves up for the game.

They will have had 48 hours more rest and recovery than us.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

United still have eyes on a double cup success this year, with Europa League glory on the agenda next month.

They could not have played any earlier this week as they faced Southampton on Monday, when they were pegged back by a last-gasp equaliser from Saints substitute Michael Obafemi in a 2-2 draw.

The Red Devils have won the cup 12 times but have claimed the trophy just once since 2004.

Manchester City face Arsenal in the other semi-final on Saturday and Solskjaer is clearly concerned about his team's quick turnaround in comparison to the Blues.

"There is a concern, obviously, that they will have had 48 hours more rest and recovery than us," he said. "It's not fair.

"But I have to think about Crystal Palace, winning that one, focusing on that one, and then pick up the pieces after that."

United are 2.62 for a win inside 90 minutes against Chelsea, who are 2.75. The draw is available at 3.20.

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