Man Utd tried moving Everton game and claim over why plea was refused is damning

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Premier League chiefs refused to move Manchester United’s clash with Everton from Saturday to Sunday because they wanted the “entertainment” of seeing his side lose.

United picked up a vital 3-1 win over the Toffees in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, despite falling a goal behind after 19 minutes at Goodison Park.

Bruno Fernandes only needed another six minutes to level proceedings and then a further seven to edge the visitors in front, before Edinson Cavani sealed the victory with his first Red Devils goal late on.

It was a satisfying afternoon for Solskjaer, whose future at Old Trafford has been the subject of intense speculation following back-to-back defeats against Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir.

But instead of waxing lyrical about the win in his post-match interview, the United boss instead hit out at Premier League officials over their decision to schedule their trip to Merseyside for 12:30pm on Saturday – having played out in Istanbul on Wednesday night.

Solskjaer revealed in his chat with MUTV that Red Devils chiefs failed in their attempts to move the fixture, before accusing the Premier League of doing so in favour of “the entertainment of seeing Man United lose”.

“Why we don’t play on a Sunday is just beyond me,” he said.

“I tried, the club’s tried, but it seems like the product and the quality is not what’s [important].

“It’s more the entertainment of seeing Man United maybe lose – and these boys were not gonna give them that satisfaction.”

Solskjaer branded the situation a “shambles” during a separate interview with BT Sport, blaming their congested fixture schedule for the injury Luke Shaw sustained in Saturday’s game.

“We were set up to fail. The kick-off time set us up to fail,” he said.

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“We’ve got Luke Shaw injured today because we’ve been to Turkey, played loads of games this season already, Thursday morning we’re back in and we’re playing the Saturday lunchtime kick-off. It’s an absolute shambles.

“I can’t praise the boys enough for that character they’ve shown, that’s all I want to talk about today. Them boys, they deserve better than being thrown out here to fail today."

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