Solskjaer: Let's find our rhythm
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the best way for his side to get through the busy fixture schedule is to keep picking up results.
Wednesday’s replay against Wolves will be the 14th game the Reds have played since the beginning of December, and, with a further four matches guaranteed before the winter break, as well as the possibility of a fourth-round Emirates FA Cup tie on Sunday 26 January, the boss believes it’s important for his side to find a rhythm.
“Results give you energy,” Solskjaer told reporters in his pre-match media briefing.
“For me, I'm fine. I only have to see you before the game and after the game, so I do six press conferences every week when we've got all these games.
“Just counting I think this will be our 14th game in 45 days. We've still got another four or five games before the winter break, so it's relentless.
“It's 18 games in less than 60 days for the players, which is physically demanding and mentally demanding, so we've just got to make sure we energise them.”
Solskjaer said the 4-0 Premier League victory over Norwich City on Saturday has helped to boost the players' morale ahead of another busy week, with Sunday's trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool looming large.
The Norwegian also suggested that having the routine of a game every three or four days could help the side improve in the long term.
“One good result, like Norwich, I think they [the players] all felt good about that one,
“ he said. When you've got some bad results, we need to mentally work with them to use it as a motivation. As in 'okay, we're not there yet, we need to keep working and improving. So, just keep the rhythm.'
“I remember I didn't play [as many] games, but when I was playing, I felt that we improved as a team when we got the rhythm of match, rest, match, rest, match, rest.”
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Wednesday's replay pits Solskjaer against Wolves for the fifth time as United manager, although each of the previous four meetings have come at Molineux.
The boss said that, although he's expecting a tough game due to the sides' familiarity with each other, he's determined to secure progress and put a cup run together.
“We've played them so many times now, so of course we're going to be facing a team that know more or less everything about us and we know more or less everything about them.”
“We've got them in a couple of weeks again in the league. We know we played a decent first half the last time we played them, the second half was a bit disappointing.We're at home, we want to make sure that we go through. I'm sure Nuno wants to go through as well, because this tournament is one that we all dream about winning when we were young.
“I've loved my time in the finals and lifting a trophy, so we want to go through.”
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