Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United are underdogs against Liverpool
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no illusions that defeating Liverpool when the two sides meet on Sunday will be a huge demand.
On both sides, United are getting in better shape. Solskjaer’s men lead the Premier League table, three points ahead of their opponents, whose only victory in their last four games has come against an exhausted Aston Villa side in the FA Cup.
Despite this, Solskjaer insisted in his pre-match press conference that it is the defending champions Liverpool who should be considered the favorites, but United appreciate the chance to have one over their rivals. .
“Well if you look at the last few seasons I think it would be an upheaval and it would be a shock,” he said (via the club’s official website). “I think our position at the moment is the product of all of the hard work we’ve done on the training ground and what the players are putting on every day.
“We probably deserve to be where we are, for now. But I don’t think many would have thought of anything other than a… or another word for it other than upset, if it was six weeks ago that we beat Liverpool at Anfield. We are looking forward to the game and hope to be able to cause this upheaval.
When United last visited Anfield almost a year ago to the day, they fell to a 2-0 loss that left them 30 points behind runaway champions Jurgen Klopp, and Solskjaer was clearly delighted to have managed to bridge this gap between the two teams.
“We are a much better team now than a year ago,” he added. “Again, we lost this match against a [Virgil] van Dijk with a header from a corner and a counter-attack in the last kick of the match on our corner. So we weren’t a million kilometers away either.
“I think it’s a misconception if people say we were a million kilometers away. We had a few moments in this game ourselves. The position in the league, that we’re competitive, that we’re up there with six, seven, eight teams, of course it’s a tighter season this year. I think in recent years there have already been two teams running away with her at the end of October. Now at least we’re halfway there.
“He’s a great spirit [at the club this season]. I think we have gained valuable players with valuable experience for some players, of course. Now some of the signings we made, Aaron [Wan-Bissaka], Dan [James], Harry [Maguire], the ones I signed as well, they’ve been here a little longer. They know more about the standards, the expectations, the pressures of being at United.
“I think we’ve become stronger mentally, physically and more robust in both games. And, of course, you know Bruno [Fernandes], Edinson [Cavani], Odion [Ighalo], Alex [Telles], Donny [van de Beek] coming from outside. They are good human beings and good professionals who help the group.
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