Why United boss Solskjaer is unhappy ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Chelsea

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Chelsea have an unfair advantage ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal.

Manchester United face Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Selhurst Park on Thursday less than three days before the Wembley clash, while Chelsea will have had five days’ rest from the win over Norwich on Tuesday.

“There is a concern, obviously, that they will have had 48 hours’ more rest and recovery than us. It’s not fair,” Solskjaer said.

“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,” Solskjaer added. “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.

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

“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 [of the season] 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 well.”