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Solskjaer aims dig at Liverpool ahead of Man Utd showdown

Published : Monday, 21 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 123

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 06, 2019 Manchester United's Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gestures to supporters on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James's Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on October 6, 2019.	photo: AFP

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 06, 2019 Manchester United's Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gestures to supporters on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James's Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on October 6, 2019. photo: AFP

MANCHESTER, OCT 20: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could not resist a sly dig at Liverpool ahead of their clash with Manchester United on Sunday, reminding the Premier League leaders of their 30-year wait to be crowned champions.
Struggling United trail their fierce rivals by 15 points but Solskjaer is keen to remind those connected with the Anfield club of one big element in United's favour.
"I am sure we will bounce back and win the league," Solskjaer said. "I am sure it will not be 30 years until our next Premier League."
Said with a twinkle in his eye at his pre-match press conference on Friday, it was a clear reference to Liverpool's long wait to be crowned champions of England again, stretching back to 1990, compared with six years since the last time United were victorious, under Alex Ferguson in 2013.
United are in the bottom half of the table with only nine points from their first eight matches, short of goals and confidence.
But the under-pressure Solskjaer believes that a surprise victory over a team with a 100 percent record this season would be the ideal response.
"A win can definitely turn a season," he said. "A good performance and result for us here can change players' confidence, players' mood, their perception of what is good.
"Maybe they have not really believed they are good enough at times. With a lack of confidence, you think twice instead of acting on instinct. But I know these players are good enough. I have no worries about that."
Solskjaer began his spell at Old Trafford with 10 wins out of 11 matches but there have only been five victories from 21 games since he was given the job permanently at the end of March.
The Norwegian recognises that opponents have wised up to the tactics of counter-attacking football that served his side so successfully at first.




"Teams haven't given us that chance -- or we've not grasped it," he said. "Maybe it's because young players want to play safe. But you want to take risks at this club, you can't play safe."    -AFP




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