Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identifies the 'issue' he is facing for Arsenal clash
Manchester United beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 on Wednesday to complete a miraculous comeback to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals after overturning a 2-0 first-leg defeat.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side face Arsenal on Sunday in their return to Premier League action, but the caretaker manager is wary of possible fatigue issues after their energetic display in midweek.
When asked if it was a problem getting his players to concentrate on Arsenal rather than on the PSG game, the Norwegian offered a comprehensive assessment.
“No problem whatsoever,” Solskjaer said ahead of the clash.
“We have gone through to the quarter-finals, which is what we sometimes expect of Man United.
“But it was the way it happened and the celebrations at the end, it just happens when you win a game like we did.
“But then again, no problem – we’ve got Arsenal, a fantastic game to get yourself ready again.
“It’s the same decisions you always have when you go into a game.”
United beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates in the FA Cup in January, but Solskjaer doesn’t want to dwell on that result, and claimed that both sides could go in with an entirely different approach.
“One, you’ve got to consider their approach, which system do you think they will play, which is impossible to predict because they change a lot,” he added.
“But then you need to look at who is fit and how we want to approach the game as well.
“It might be different kind of systems or is it a counter-attacking game you want – it’s all sorts.”
Although United are in incredible form, Solskjaer has picked out one potential difficulty on Sunday – the fitness of his players.
He said: “Now of course the fitness issue plays in more than ever because we’ve got players coming back, players who put a proper shift in.
“It was one of the hardest nights we’ve had physically – probably this one (PSG) and the Arsenal cup game are the two hardest games we’ve had.
“It was great to have fresh legs – Scott [McTominay], Fred – they do cover the ground so much so it’s something we have to consider.”