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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blamed United’s FA Cup defeat to Leicester on their busy schedule and their midweek trip to Milan.
The Red Devils were well off the pace as their FA Cup hopes were crushed by the Foxes.
He told the BBC: “We didn’t have the spark tonight – but it’s understandable. This team have been fantastic in the last three or four months.
“We played every three days and been on a great run. It just caught up with us, all the games and travels.
“Thursday night in Milan was a big night and took a lot of out of us physically. We didn’t have the extra zip, authority and confidence today.
“We tried to get on the front foot and start well because sometimes you can get that adrenaline boost and confidence if you get a goal and that can carry you over the line.
“We’ve got too many players that have played too many games and too many that haven’t really had much football,
“Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba and others are trying to get in who haven’t had enough football. We didn’t have enough against a tough team.”
Meanwhile, on the transfer front, SunSport’s Dan King revealed United are eyeing a £50million-plus summer move for Wolves star Pedro Neto.
The Red Devils have made signing a right winger one of their top priorities and Neto’s impressive season, despite Wolves’ struggles, has moved him up the shortlist of Old Trafford chiefs.
Utd could have signed Neto, 21, for next to nothing back in 2016 when he came to Carrington on trial from Portuguese side Braga – but he did not do enough to convince them to buy him then.
But now United are understood to regard the Portugal international – Wolves’ £16m signing from Italian club Lazio – as a genuine alternative to long-term targets like Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish.
Rivals Manchester City have also been linked with Neto, but sources insist they are now ahead of United in the queue for Villa captain Grealish instead.
And finally, Dan James is primed to boost Wales’ 2022 World Cup bid.
Dragons caretaker Robert Page said: “DJ has played in the past even without playing minutes at club level but it is beneficial for us if you have players coming in who are playing week in week out.
“He has worked really hard to get himself back into the team. He looks a threat every time he plays.
“He is back playing football at the top level and does not look out of place whatsoever. It is great for us.”