Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to turn to youth with Amad Diallo set to make his Premier League debut during Manchester United’s crazy run of three games in five days.
Having sealed their place in the Europa League final on Thursday, the Red Devils came from behind to win 3-1 at Aston Villa on Sunday. That wrapped up back-to-back top-four finishes for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
But the games keep coming thick and fast with Leicester up on Tuesday before the rearranged game with Liverpool 48hrs later.
Sunday’s result delayed Manchester City’s coronation as Premier League champions. Solskjaer’s side could cut the gap to the leaders to just four points by the time their neighbours next play.
But Solskjaer knows it is impossible to go full tilt in both games and will likely turn to youth against the Foxes.
Asked if the fact United can technically still win the league complicates his selection this week, Solskjaer said: “Well, I wish I could have said ‘let’s go full out in all the games’ but it’s impossible.
“That’s the hard bit for me knowing that if I do play these 11 again on Tuesday and Thursday, it’s impossible. I run too much of a risk of injuring them.
“So, talking about integrity in the league and stuff, don’t blame me when I have to make changes because I have to. It’s not safe for them to play all four so I have got to prioritise.
“Changes? I don’t know. We’ll sit down with the sports scientists (on Sunday).
“We can have a theoretical team now but we’ll have to see how they react when they come in (Monday), when they come in Tuesday morning and pick a team Tuesday afternoon.”
Diallo, Shoretire to feature
Two players who will likely feature are Shola Shoretire and Diallo. The latter has featured during their Europa League campaign on occasions but is yet to play in the Premier League.
Shoretire, meanwhile, has two appearances to his name against Newcastle in the Premier League and Sociedad in the Europa League.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Solskjaer confirmed they would be in the matchday squad.
“They’re in contention [Amad and Shoretire] yeah, definitely and they’re in the first team squad, they’re training with us every day so I would think that some of the young boys will get an appearance definitely.
“If it’s coming on towards the end or if it’s starting I don’t know because I don’t know how the players will be on Tuesday when we see them.”