Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

'Everyone is going to play their part'

Saturday 20 November 2021 07:00

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has pledged to utilise the depth of his Manchester United squad as the club gears up for a busy run of fixtures before the year is out.

The Reds get back on the pitch at Watford on Saturday, ahead of travelling to Spain on Monday for a crucial Champions League group match against Villarreal on Tuesday evening.

A third successive away game follows, at Chelsea, before Arsenal are the first of eight opponents in December.

Ole: The boys look bright in training


In our exclusive interview, the boss gives updates on several players, discusses set-piece improvement and his targets.

"The good thing about this period now is that we have no international break, no distractions," Ole told club reporter Stewart Gardner at Carrington, in our pre-match interview. "It’s us, we’re here together for four months until the next international break.

"We know we need to do better, we know we’ve not been playing as well as we can. We should do better, we can do better. I’m sure we will do better.

"Everything I’ve seen this week in training bodes very well; they’ve been bright, they’ve looked after themselves when they’ve been away, and it’s important now that the Watford game is the start of what’s to come.

"Yeah [the whole squad can play a part], they will be [needed]. The players know that. I know some have been disappointed with the amount of playing time, but they know when you’ve got a game every three days, there are only two days' recovery in between.

"We value them and we need them and to be a successful team at the end of the season. Everyone’s going to play their part at different periods of the season, some more than others."

Some rotation is likely at Vicarage Road later today (Saturday), with a few doubts going into the clash. Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba are definitely out due to injury, while Edinson Cavani may not be ready to return.

Luke Shaw suffered concussion in the Manchester derby but he has trained, along with Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford, who also missed out on international action during the World Cup qualifiers.