Crystal Palace vs Manchester United, Premier League

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United, Premier League

United also played on Monday in a 2-2 draw against Southampton, with Chelsea in action at Sheffield United last Saturday.

Solskjaer put last season's finish, when they won two of their last 12 games and missed out on the Champions League, down to a lack of fitness.

United are now fifth, behind Leicester on goal difference and four points adrift of third-placed Chelsea.

Solskjaer's side head into Sunday's Wembley semi-final at a disadvantage due to the scheduling.

"There is a concern, obviously, that they will have had 48 hours more rest and recovery than us", said Solskjaer at his pre-match press conference.

Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho were among those who appeared to criticise the decision but Solskjaer says his only concern is that the Financial Fair Play rules are not scrapped in the aftermath.

"But we're going to have to put on a poker face and play the cards well".

"I think we've had a couple of things against teams that show we're improving all the time. We've got to win that one, focus on that one, and then let's pick up the pieces after that".

The manager has been naming an unchanged XI for a series of consecutive matches but with the FA Cup clash vs Chelsea coming up this weekend, Solskjaer was asked if he would rotate his starting line-up at Selhurst Park on Thursday night.

Solskjaer has got injury concerns at left-back after Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams both went off against Southampton.

Hodgson told reporters: "Mason is a fantastic player. This season we've not had that kind of a problem". Very fit. Our lads have not felt as fit as this for years, I'm sure.

"The next two weeks will be hectic but, then again, we're fit".

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