We are not one bit surprised that the players are feeling it after a congested fixture schedule this season. Manchester United have another six matches left in what has been a draining season.
Most of our squad has been tested to their physical limits, especially those who were in Qatar for the World Cup midway through the season.
That said, Erik ten Hag is pleased with how his players have coped with the ‘big disadvantage’ of having such a packed fixture schedule.
By the end of the season, United will have played 62 competitive fixtures, and they will be hoping to wrap things up with a top four finish as well as the FA Cup.
But we can’t say that it doesn’t look like fatigue is starting to kick in. That was clear with our laboured second half performance against Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton.
United are looking to bounce back yet again when they travel to West Ham on Sunday.
“It has already had an impact on the whole season, and we are doing quite well with the schedule,” Ten Hag told reporters, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“Not only quite well, really well. We have a big disadvantage compared to others. West Ham United have the worst schedule, but we have shown all season already that we are very strong physically and mentally.”
The manager added that there’s an advantage that comes with playing in the Champions League.
“That is the great advantage. Playing in the Champions League, you have a better week.”
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