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Man Utd now face tough fixture schedule with nightmare 14 games in seven weeks

Manchester United are set to face a gruelling February and March with 14 games in just seven weeks.

Fixture congestion is commonplace this season with a shorter campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Plenty of managers have already bemoaned the lack of rest and options available to them, with many wanting five substitutions per game.

Though United could feel the brunt in 2020 as they drop into the Europa League following their knockout in the Champions League.

Should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side advance into the Europa League last 16 as well as progressing in both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, they could be involved in 14 matches in 49 days.

Their nightmare run could start with a Premier League clash at Arsenal on January 30 and include trips to Manchester City and Chelsea.

Solskjaer will be hoping that there is no long-distance trip in the Europa League, with the draw for the last-32 to take place on Monday.

But first the Red Devils face rivals Manchester City on Saturday evening, with Solskjaer hoping to bounce back from defeat to RB Leipzig.

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The boss said: “Of course we were disappointed, and the group was, disappointed on Tuesday night. It’s just natural.

“We wanted to go through in that tournament – now the reality is we’re not. Then we just have to move on.

“It was a tight group decided by fine margins. You can see that in most of the games.

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“We had a long travel back, so we had a day of recovery on Wednesday and then after that the focus has been good, it has been on this game and the Manchester derby.

“This is what you want the players to have straightaway; that’s probably the best game that you can ask for after such a disappointment, because it does stick in your system.”

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