Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called for his stars to return from their international duty recharged and ready to make amends.
The Norwegian has overseen back to back defeats for the first time in his short reign so far and couldn’t have wished for a better time for the international break to come.
United lost to Arsenal in the Premier League in what was a huge blow to their race for a top four spot while a loss to Wolves in the FA Cup quarter-finals damaged their most realistic shot at silverware.
Solskjaer will be hoping his stars can somehow advance past Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals but perhaps the focus is on the league.
With only eight games remaining, the race for a top four spot has never been this close or this competitive in recent memory.
According to RTE Sports, Ole said: “To the players who go away with international teams, go and enjoy, go and play as well as you can.
“Some of them have been called back into a squad, maybe that gives them a boost, but we just need to come back recharged.
“Whatever you are doing, if you have days off or play with the national team, come back with a big smile, loads of energy and be ready for the league and Champions League.”
Solskjaer must be holding his breath as the Red Devils can’t afford any of their stars returning from international duty injured.
Manchester United will need a fully fit squad in their run in, particularly since they’re yet to face Chelsea and Manchester City.