'It's not fair': United boss says Chelsea given advantage ahead of FA Cup semi-final - The Chelsea Chronicle

'It's not fair': United boss says Chelsea given advantage ahead of FA Cup semi-final

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has criticised the club’s busy schedule ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

United will visit Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park tonight for a Premier League clash before heading to Wembley for the FA Cup match against Chelsea at the weekend.

Not much of a rest, particularly compared to Frank Lampard’s men who already played their game against Norwich City on Tuesday.

Chelsea had a busier schedule prior to Norwich, of course, but Man United boss Solskjaer argues that his team are at a disadvantage since the FA Cup semifinal is a massive game for both sides.

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Speaking to the media the manager said (as quoted by Football London): “There is a concern, obviously, they will have had 48 hours more rest and recovery.

“It’s not fair. We spoke about a fair scheduling going into this restart and, of course, it isn’t.

“But I have to think about Thursday, winning that one, focusing on that one, and then pick up the pieces after that.

“We’ve not really played every three days but we definitely will now.

“The next two weeks will be hectic but then again we’re fit, very fit – our lads have not felt as fit as this for years, I’m sure.”

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Solskjaer also added that they were in a similar situation last season, although this term, they have not had as many injuries.

“It’s not going to be a problem and a concern for us but 24 hours, 48 hours is a big difference at this time so we’ve not been handed four Aces, to put it that way, for the last two weeks,” he added.

“But we’re going to have to put on a Poker face and play the cards well.”

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