Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that Manchester United have so much strength in depth that some players have been left out of match day squads when they deserved to be included.
United will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel down south to take on a resurgent Fulham, hoping to get back to winning ways after Sunday’s stalemate with Liverpool.
A victory at Anfield would have seen Solskjaer’s side go six points clear of the reigning champions, yet now they could go into the match at Craven Cottage in third place if Manchester City are victorious against Aston Villa — following Leicester City’s win over Chelsea on Tuesday.
All three points against Scott Parke’s side would see United retake top spot and the pressure is certainly on to get a result. Ahead of the game, Solskjaer has explained the dilemma he faces with his team selection due to the amount of options he now has all over the pitch.
It really feels like we’ve got the strength in depth,” he told United’s official website.
“I have to leave some players even out of the squad when they deserve to be in the squad but it’s a good challenge and conundrum to have for the right reasons.”
However Solskjaer revealed that having players being a booking away from suspension doesn’t come into consideration when picking his side, even though Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw are all on four yellow cards.
He said: “You just have to take one game at a time because if you leave them out for one game then they might as well get a suspension for one game.
“There are a couple of games to go until the amnesty comes in [after 19 games], but it’s not in my thoughts.”
Fulham have picked up points against Tottenham and Liverpool in recent weeks and were unlucky to lose to Chelsea last time out. Solskjaer has been impressed by their drastic improvement and expects a tough match.