Man Utd boss criticises Champions League format as he hints at squad rotation for clash with Leicester City

Marc Skinner once again criticised the format of the UEFA Women's Champions League. Cr. Getty ImagesMarc Skinner once again criticised the format of the UEFA Women's Champions League. Cr. Getty Images
Marc Skinner once again criticised the format of the UEFA Women's Champions League. Cr. Getty Images | Getty Images
Manchester United boss Marc Skinner was once again critical of the UEFA Women's Champions League format.

Manchester United boss Marc Skinner has hinted he will look to rotate his squad for this weekend's game against Leicester City as he juggles the challenges of domestic and European football for the first time.

Skinner will face two games in quick succession with a second leg qualifier against Paris Saint-Germain coming just days after Sunday's clash with the table topping Foxes and the 40-year-old boss revealed how he plans to approach Sunday's game with that in mind.

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"I'm sure you will see some change, whether that is from the start or brought into the game. From my perspective, they're in pretty good physical shape because they've only had four games. You'll see changes in this game, for sure" said the United boss.

"If you've seen already, I've gone to the bench quite openly quickly to change games, and they've done very well in that. I think we seen three of four substitutions that have scored so I am happy with that. Without giving away too much, we will - in or out of the game - have game plans for utilising everyone within this game" added Skinner.

UEFA Champions League criticism

Former United assistant Martin Ho was also in Champions League qualifying action this week for the first time since his move to Norwegian side SK Brann. His side enjoyed a 4-0 victory over Scottish champions Glasgow City and, while Skinner levelled praise at his former number two, he once again chose to criticise the format of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers.

"I've got a lot of time for Martin. Congratulations on his team. I felt the level of the game wasn't quite the PSG game so that was one of my gripes in terms of that side of the draw wasn't quite as strong as maybe even the Paris FC vs Wolfsburg game, which ended 3-3" said Skinner.

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"That is nothing against what Martin is doing, I want Martin to do a good job so congratulations to him. Knowing Martin he sometimes lives on that negative side of life, he says they still need to put a performance in but they're 4-0 up so they should progress. I'm sure he won't say it, but they've already got one foot in the group stages so congratulations" added Skinner.

Irene Guerrero update

The Manchester United boss also revealed why fans have yet to see summer signing Irene Guerrero yet, with the Spanish World Cup winner yet to make an appearance in the opening few weeks of the campaign.

"Basically Irene took a knock in training, so she wasn't in the prior game, she's back on the bench against PSG. Just right now, it's just getting that balance of when to put her in to games, how to put her into games and just learning our style.

"We're different to Atletico Madrid. Her qualities in training are clear for everyone to see but there's also four to five parts of the game and she's very, very good with the ball, we are just trying to teach her the defensive attributes you need to have to play in this league. She's shown really good signs in training and it just take a little bit of time" added the head coach.

Manchester United face Leicester City at Leigh Sports Village this Sunday, with kick off scheduled for 12:00.

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