Still having as many as 17 games left to play, Solskjaer says players will have to get used to a packed schedule if they want to win things in the future.
Solskjaer told United’s official website: “If you want an easy, comfortable life then you don’t play for Man Utd. You’ve got to be mentally strong and also physically strong and robust. To be successful you want to challenge yourself and these are the periods we want.
“I think if you manage to recover between [games] and you get your rhythm then that’s the best way.
“If we are to end up successful this season, next season, in two years or in five years from now then you have to get used to playing 45-50 competitive games a season at least, that’s what it should be for a Man Utd player and consistently.
“If you have five, six, seven players who can do that then we can challenge for trophies. I like to play games… we can drip feed and rotate of course. Maybe Leicester and Brendan [Rodgers] have had time to tactically think about things, but we just carry on.”
Manchester United will play Leicester in an FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday before heading to the international break.