Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he can’t afford to rest frontliners against West Brom today.
The Red Devils take on West Brom in the Premier League on Sunday but travel to Turin to play Real Sociedad in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League round-of-32-tie just four days later.
“We can’t just deprioritise some games,” he told reporters during the second half of Friday’s pre-match press conference.
“Of course, there’ll be rotation. The squad will change. We have to freshen things up when we play Thursday and then Sunday after. It’s impossible in today’s circumstances to play the same XI every single game. You could do it, probably, if it was only once a week.
“We’ll make decisions when we get there but there will be chances in Europe, like we’ve shown before, for other players. If that takes us through the whole way, brilliant. If not, let’s look at it then. We’ve got two legs, two bites at the cherry.”
When quizzed about comparisons that have been made between Solskjaer’s squad management and that of ex boss Sir Alex Ferguson, Solksjaer said;
“I’ve been influenced by working 15 years with him, of course,”
“We’re different personalities but I do manage the way that I think is the right way. I don’t ask anyone how I should. It’s probably just in my personality.
“I loved working under Sir Alex, playing under him. I learned a lot from him, obviously. But it’s been a while since I had a conversation with him, so I’ve not asked him ‘how should I play this one, or that one?’ No.
“Gradually, since I came to Man United, I’ve grown into becoming this person. It’s nothing I do consciously, it’s just being myself.”