Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he won’t risk the welfare of his Manchester United players as they prepare for the second of three Premier League games in five days. This suggests that players like Shola Shoretire and Amad Diallo could be candidates for Tuesday’s meeting with Leicester.

United’s win at Aston Villa on Sunday and West Ham’s loss to Everton resulted in two consecutive top-four finishes for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. The Premier League title race is technically alive for United too, but with Manchester City only need one more win to secure the league and a Europa League final against Villarreal this month to prepare for it, Solskjær gives to that it is unlikely that he will remain consistent with his team selections.

“I wish I could have said we would give it our all in these games but it’s impossible,” he said. “I know that if I play the same team on Tuesday and Thursday I’m too much at risk of injuring them. We talk about the integrity of the league all the time, but don’t blame me if I have to make changes. It is not safe to continue playing them. “

When asked if this could lead to the first Premier League starts for Shoretire and Diallo, Solskjær said: “They are definitely in the competition. You train with us every day. Some of the boys will definitely get an appearance. I don’t know if it starts or if it starts at the end because I don’t know which team we’re going to pick until I see the players on Tuesday.

“We’re going to sit down with the sports scientists and find out what we’re going to do. We could have a theoretical team now, but we have to see how they react when they come into the building on Tuesday and then we can pick a team on Tuesday afternoon. “

Solskjær also praised Mason Greenwood after continuing his good form on Sunday. Greenwood’s goal against Villa was his fifth in his last five games, making him the highest-scoring teenager in United history, beating Wayne Rooney’s 15-man record.

“Mason is studying all the time and he is learning on the job,” said Solskjær. “He had a lot of responsibility, but he has important goals for us. He’s definitely got something special. The boy turns a game over in a split second and his goal on Sunday was excellent. I am happy that he is returning to his best scoring. “