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'We need four or five games to get up to standard': boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pleads for patience as his team look to hit back in the after Crystal Palace loss

By Chris Wheeler for MailOnline

Published: 19:25 BST, 21 September 2020 | Updated: 20:51 BST, 21 September 2020

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits it will take four or five games before they are firing on all cylinders this season.

United kicked off the new campaign a week after most Premier League clubs on Saturday and suffered a damaging 3-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace.

Solskjaer's side travel to Luton Town in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, when the United boss will make a number of changes and leave some of his stars at home to step up their fitness schedules.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits many of his Manchester United players are lacking proper fitness

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits many of his players are lacking proper fitness

United looked off the pace as they lost their Premier League opener 3-1 against Crystal Palace

United looked off the pace as they lost their Premier League opener 3-1 against Crystal Palace

The United boss acknowledged that it could be a while before his team rediscover their best form after only finishing last season a month ago.

'We need four or five games to get up to the standard we know we're capable of,' he said ahead of the Luton tie and Saturday's trip to Brighton.

'We haven't had an opportunity to get those games in and we have to make sure, in these games, we get the minutes and make the players ready to start competing in the league again.

'Brighton away is going to be a very tough one so we'll use this one, we want to get through, but it's also

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