"Solskjaer should go for Dybala", says former Manchester United defender

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Nuno Espirito Santo's team visited southern Spain in December and are poised to go again in early February, after their league fixture at Manchester United on February 1.

Yet tensions are high after the USA ordered the killing of the Iranian general Qassem Suleimani, Iran retaliated by targeting American airbases in Iraq and Iran accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane.

However, Solskjaer is not overly concerned about burnout.

"Yeah, if there is one thing that worries me it's not on the football pitch", Solskjaer informed press reporters.

"I think the mid-season break is very, very important for everyone", he said.

"We were looking at the Middle East but that's definitely not going to happen".

"I'm going to give them a few days off, so I don't know where they'll all scatter around but we'll stay in Europe".

Players can travel anywhere they want during the break, including Dubai, a popular travel destination.

Solskjaer's focus on Wednesday night will be to repeat the third round of the FA Cup at home against the wolves.

Centre-back Eric Bailly, who has not played for United for almost six months due to a knee injury, will miss the Wolves game, but could be in the squad for the English Premier League clash against Liverpool on Monday morning (Singapore time).

The manager was asked if there was a risk that United would become a cup-only team, as was especially the case in the 1970s and 1980s. "This is the point at which we should feel, and many of today's fans have experienced a time when we have consistently won the league".

"At the moment we don't have that type of team because [over] time we've been a bit behind the top ones". I didn't play in all these games when I was playing but I felt like, as a team, we improved when we got in a rhythm of match, rest, match, rest.

And, while Solskjaer offered no update on talks to sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon, he said the performances of several youngsters convinced him the squad does not need a major overhaul.

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