Solskjaer makes Man Utd prediction after uniting squad during winter break

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons Manchester United's sunshine break was the perfect boost ahead of their push for the final Champions League place.

United used their winter break to spend a week in Marbella, at a warm-weather training camp, ahead of Monday night's huge Premier League trip to Chelsea .

Boss Solskjaer reckons the sojourn to the sun was just what his players needed after a gruelling period of 19 fixtures in two months – an average of a game every three days.

Solskjaer allowed his players time off with their families in the first week of their mid-season break, then took his squad away to Spain to recharge their batteries the following week.

“You just need a change of scenery,” said Solskjaer. “I wouldn't say they get sick of each other but, as a team, you know you're going to stay together for 10-and-a-half months for a season.

“So maybe it's nice to have time with your kids or with your wife, instead of your team-mates you've been tackling all day.

“The freshness in their heads, their mentality, the smile, they were glad to see each other again. They'd been living together in a hotel for two months, more or less. So it's been very beneficial.

“It was more about getting the group together again and giving them that first week to refresh, and now we regroup and start the fitness work.

“It was the first training week we've had together for five months. We haven't had a week together training for five months, and that's quite a long time to work on things and nail the details.

“There were a couple of things we weren't happy about that we had to sort.”

Unlike rivals Chelsea, who were unable to add to their squad last month, United brought in two players, midfielder Bruno Fernandes and on-loan striker Odion Ighalo.

“I'm very happy with the two guys we brought in,” said Solskjaer.


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