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Why Solskjaer is Unhappy Ahead of Sunday's FA Cup Clash Against Chelsea

The Old Trafford outfit manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the Blues have an unfair advantage ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal.

The Red Devils face Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Selhurst Park on Thursday less than three days before the Wembley clash, while the Blues will have had five days’ rest from the defeat over Norwich on Tuesday.

“There is a concern, obviously, that they will have had 48 hours’ more rest and recovery than us. It’s unfair,” Solskjaer explained.

“We spoke about fair scheduling going into this restart and of course it isn’t. But I have to think about Thursday, winning that one, concentrating on that one, and then pick up the pieces after that.”

“We’ve not really played every three days but we absolutely will now,” Solskjaer indicated. “The next two weeks will be hectic but then again we’re fit, very fit – our players have not felt as fit like this for years, I’m sure.

“It was a big thing towards the end of the last campaign that we felt our squad wasn’t fit enough, we got a few injuries. This season we’ve not had that kind of difficulty.

“It’s not going to be a dilemma and a concern for us but 24 hours, 48 hours is a big difference at this time [of the campaign] so we’ve not been handed four aces, to put it that way, for the last two weeks. But we’re going to have to put on a poker face and play the cards normally.”

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