Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that 'wear and tear' could well cause him to make changes to his Manchester United side against Southampton tonight.
The Norwegian has named the same team for the past four matches, all of which United have won by a three-goal margin. He brought Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Mason Greenwood in for Fred, Scott McTominay and Daniel James after the 1-1 draw with Tottenham in the first game back after the restart.
But although that 11 has proven to be an almighty success, helping United extend their unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions and recorded four successive three-goal margin victories, he told the club's official website that now could be the time for changes.
“I can’t really say at the moment if everyone is 100 per cent fit," admitted the United boss.
"There is a little bit of wear and tear when you play that many games but there are players there who come in and do well and want to play.
"So if we make one or two changes, I’m sure the ones who come in will have a point to prove, but then again in these last four games they’ve been excellent in the league and we want to keep that performance going.
"But we also know that the players who haven’t been involved this season are more than capable.”
A win could take United into third place in the Premier League, leapfrogging Chelsea and Leicester, as it was confirmed earlier on Monday that Solskjaer's side would have to finish in the top four to qualify for the Champions League. Man City's UEFA ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
But with United taking on Crystal Palace on Thursday and then Chelsea on Sunday in the FA Cup semi-final, Solskjaer will have to balance his squad and avoid complacency at the same time.
He added: "We just want to concentrate on Southampton, then when that game is over we focus on Palace, then we focus on Chelsea, then West Ham, then Leicester.
"Of course the scheduling could have been better for us, but what’s the reason for thinking about that? I think our boys are ready for that challenge. They’ve worked really hard over lockdown and will be ready to put a shift in when needed.”