Solskjaer was furious last year when United face an even more difficult obstacle last November when their trip to Everton was scheduled for 12.30pm on a Saturday after they had travelled to Turkey for their 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday.
In an explosive Sky Sports interview last season, the Manchester United manager said, “We were set up to fail. We’ve been to Turkey and we’re back playing an early kick-off, it’s an absolute shambles. Them boys deserve better than being set up to fail.”
The United manager today blamed the Premier League’s domestic rights holders, BT Sport and Sky Sports, for the scheduling. BT are televising United’s fixture with Everton while Sky are showing Liverpool versus Manchester City on Sunday.
Liverpool and Manchester City played in the Champions League on Tuesday and will have had a five-day gap between matches, whereas United have three.
The boost and energy you get in the group after a win like this has to be built on.It’sery, very quick turnaround, a different turnaround to last year when we played Everton away and played Wednesday night and Saturday morning.
But the players aren’t going to get caught out, we’ve got to start as we finished on Wednesday night.
Yeah, absolutely no explanation, well, it’s TV. Absolutely no common sense at all. We had the same scenario last year when we were in Turkey, came back and played Everton. The players aren’t going to get that joy again, they had it last year as well.
But we have to make it happen, because it’s not like we did it last year so it’s going to have to happen again, the crowd is going to have to help, that’s important and I know they will.
Us and Chelsea played Wednesday night. We could easily have played Sunday and Liverpool-City should have been a Saturday one. Common sense might not be so common. But that’s for another day.
Though Harry Maguire will miss the Everton clash and Luke Shaw too, Manchester United got good news on the injury front on Friday as Marcus Rashford took part in full training for the first time since his shoulder surgery.