Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has discussed the importance of squad depth, among other topics, as well as providing a team news update ahead of his side’s clash with RB Leipzig on Wednesday.
The Red Devils host RB Leipzig on Wednesday in their opening Champions League group match, looking to build on their impressive 2-1 away win over Paris Saint-Germain. The Bundesliga outfit also picked up all three points in their first game, a 2-0 win over Istanbul Baqesher.
Ahead of Wednesday’s game, Solskjaer has now provided an update on team news, as well as discussing links with Leipzig’s Poz, Donnie van de Beek and Diot Appimecano.
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“It’s more or less the same squad,” Solskjaer told reporters at his press conference on Tuesday, as quoted by Man Utd’s official website. “There are some doubts, as you usually have after a game at the weekend, a tough game like we had against Chelsea. I think we have more or less the same squad. Is.
On the subject of midfield rotation, he added: “It’s going to be a long season. The depth of our squad is certainly better now.
“It’s difficult to leave players like Doni, Nemanja and Paul on the bench to start the last game, as midfielders they are all experienced international footballers. It’s not easy but then, as I said, “We’ve got a lot of games this season, they’re all going to be a big, big draw at different times of the season. I don’t think anybody’s going to be able to play them all.”
Van de Beek has to be patient / Alex Pantling / Getty Images
“Donnie, when he has played, has played very well,” Ole said (via United’s official website), when asked about the summer signing of Van de Beek, a peripheral figure until now. Is.
“It says a lot about the depth of quality we have in the squad that we don’t have to use him every single game because we have other players. Also, I think it says everything about our ambitions as we want to challenge for trophies this season. You know, Dhoni is going to play a big, big role this year.
“Donnie is very important to us. Don’t worry about him.”
Nagelsmann’s men secured all three points in their opening Champions League group game / Boris Streubel/Getty Images
“They are a club that have come through the ranks very impressively and have improved almost every season,” Ole remarked, per the Manchester Evening News . “Last season, third in the Bundesliga, they started really well, got to the semi-finals and are going for really big trophies.
“You have a young, active, exciting coach to watch who is very adaptable and with players who have high energy, quickness, everything, it’s been very interesting to follow the last few years. “
On Upamecano, he added: “There are always rumors and speculation about other players and Manchester United. I don’t want to comment on every player we are linked with.
“But since we are playing against him, he is a very good player and we can watch him closely tomorrow.”