Solskjaer: Chelsea shouldn’t play on Saturday

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Manchester United and Chelsea had demanding Champions League games against Villarreal and Juventus in mid-week.

Both teams played on Wednesday night, and Chelsea had to go to Turin to face the Italian giants.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has slammed the Premier League’s decision to fix Chelsea and Manchester United’s games on Saturday despite playing on Wednesday, while Liverpool and Manchester City who played their Champions League game on Tuesday will meet each other in the Premier League on Sunday.

Liverpool and Manchester City were given more days to rest despite playing earlier than Chelsea in mid-week.

Speaking about the decision made by the Premier League, Solskjaer said: “It’s a very, 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 gonna get that joy again, they had it last year as well.”

Solskjaer then added that the decision goes against common sense as he said: “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.”

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