Manchester United have named their team for tonight’s game with Aston Villa.
United go into the game knowing victory will put them level on points at the top of the table with Liverpool, albeit only temporarily with the scousers still to play this weekend.
“We have a strong squad,” Solskjaer told ManUtd.com before the game. “We’ve rotated a lot and not really found, you’d say, a settled XI this season but I don’t think it’s about that anyway. It’s going to be about a squad of 25-26 players and I think, towards the end of the season, that will help us. It has to be done this way. When you leave out Scott and Fred, it’s not easy because they deserve to play every game. But Nemanja and Paul played so well against Everton that I wanted that midfield against Wolves. We’ll be getting injuries and suspensions, that will happen, but our squad is well capable and ready for every game.”
“Sometimes, it’s horses for courses. Some players feel more suitable for some teams but, of course, you do plan ahead. We have top players everywhere and you know that, throughout the season, if you are going to win everything, you have to contribute.”
Solskjaer also repeated his opinion that it is too early to discuss a title challenge.
“Well we had a difficult start to the season with the late arrival of some players and the start, that we missed the first game and we missed the pre-season,” he said. “And I think we have shown after the second international break, the one in October, that we have regrouped, come together, we are getting fitter, stronger, the squad is getting better and we just have to take one game at a time, move up the table and improve as a team. But we have finished the year strong. I think we have done well since the beginning of February, or end of January, and we have proven to ourselves that we can be consistent over a longer period.”
Before the game it is expected that a minute silence will be observed for the passing of legendary former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty, who also managed Villa, and passed away yesterday.
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