ROME: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has criticized the football body for the tight schedule that burdened Manchester United after his squad advanced to the Europa League final just moments ago while labeling it as “physically impossible” for his side.
United advanced to the final on May 26 against Villarreal in Gdansk with an 8-5 aggregate victory despite losing 3-2 to Roma in the second semi-final at the Stadio Olimpico.
And now his players face the prospect of four Premier League rivals in 10 days after Edinson Cavani’s two goals thwarted an attempt to bounce back from the Italian.
This Sunday they will travel to Aston Villa next Leicester before early next Friday morning awaiting Liverpool before coming to Fulham next Tuesday.
“It’s unheard of. It’s made by people who have never played football at this stage,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.
“It’s physically impossible for the players. We weren’t given anything good. We need everyone in these four games. It’s a short competition but we have to be prepared.”
The Norwegian coach was also furious with his squad’s performance while admitting that if not for a good performance in the second half of the first leg that gave them a 6-2 win, they could have been eliminated by Roma who created many chances but wasted them in Rome.
“The second half today was disappointing, very bad but we were in the final,” he said.
“We played very very well in one half at Old Trafford which took us forward.
“I’m disappointed we lost, especially with the way we played in the second half.”