United won’t force players to return – Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he will not force players to return following the coronavirus pandemic if they do not feel it is safe to do so.

Sources have told ESPN a number of players are concerned about the league’s Project Restart scheme and Solskjaer said his United team will not be forced to play against their wishes.

“You wouldn’t hold anything against them,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.”You need to get to know everyone and if a player is mentally ready to play. I don’t think we could force anyone.

“They’ve not raised too many concerns and we trust the experts who know if and when it’s safe to start again.”

However, the break has also allowed injured stars Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford extra time to prepare for the end of the campaign as United look to claim a place in the top four and next season’s Champions League.

“For those two it gives them a chance to start on a par or even ahead of the other players,” Solskjaer added.

“They have been focused, so mentally it’s maybe easier for them to train harder now because they can see light at the end of the tunnel. –ESPN

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