Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious over Premier League scheduleing, saying Manchester United 'were set up to fail' against Everton, their fixtures in the busy season are in 'absolute shambles'. Solskjaer's side clinched an emphatic 3-1 win at the Goodison Park but the Dutchman wasn't happy, considering the injury concerns in the squad.
Manchester United faced a trip to Istanbul for their midweek Champions League clash on Wednesday and suffered a shocking 1-2 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir. United did not return until Thursday morning and they were given the Saturday afternoon slot for their big-ticket clash against Everton.
The likes of Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Victor Lindelof all picked up injuries and Solskjaer hit out at the gruelling schedule. On the other hand, both Liverpool and Manchester City, who played their Champions League fixtures on Tuesday, have their next Premier League ties on Sunday.
"A month ago we tried to move this game. What sense is there for us to play on a Saturday when we could play on the Sunday and there is an international break afterwards?" Solskjaer said after United's 3-1 win.
"We were set up to fail. The kickoff time set us up to fail. We have been to Turkey, played loads of games this season already, we got back Thursday morning and we are playing Saturday lunchtime, it's an absolute shambles.
"These boys deserve better. Luke Shaw has got injured because of it. It's a hamstring which might be a long one and Marcus Rashford might be struggling.
"The authorities set us up for fail, who is responsible? We've had enough of that.
"Players this season, in these times, a pandemic, mentally and physically it's draining. Let us play on a Sunday, there's an international break after this, it's a joke."
United sealed a much-needed win, only the third of their league season in 7 matches, after Bruno Fernandes scored a brace at Goodison Park. Edinson Cavani opened his account for Manchester United scoring an injury-time goal to add to Everton's woes.