Solskjaer weighs up Lingard recall
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated that he plans to rotate his side ahead of Manchester United’s FA Cup quarter-final at Norwich.
United returned to Premier League action with an encouraging 1-1 draw at Tottenham. The Red Devils built on that promise with a scintillating 3-0 win over Sheffield United on Wednesday but with games coming thick and fast, it’s no surprise to see Solskjaer look to freshen things up.
That's the pleasure of being a manager: when to give players a chance and when to give players a rest.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
United have no new injury concerns after that clash with the Blades and are also boosted by the return of Jesse Lingard, who has recovered from a short illness, but despite that they are still expected to make changes.
Solskjaer has not started Lingard in the Premier League since New Year’s Day. The England International is out of contract at the end of the season but he could be set to return against The Canaries.
United have a trip to Brighton just three days after the FA Cup clash at Carrow Road and with the Old Trafford outfit now in realistic contention for a top-four place in the Premier League changes look inevitable.
Speaking to manutd.com, Solskjaer said: "It's the situation we're in, and circumstances.
"Of course we're playing so many games in a short space of time, and it's great seeing the players being in good form. I know that we've got so many others wanting to play as well, so there will have to be a few changes, because there's a game again on Tuesday and then Saturday.
"That's the pleasure of being a manager: when to give players a chance and when to give players a rest. Because we are still early on in this restart period, and it's going to be a long period. Hopefully it'll end on 21 August [the day of the Europa League final], so we're going to have many games ahead of us. But we're solely focused on this one now. The FA Cup is a great tournament, and we've started the preparations."
United are 1.44 to beat Norwich with Daniel Farke's men, who are rock bottom of the Premier League table, a 7.50 chance and the draw 4.33.
United are 2.75 to go to lift the FA Cup.
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