Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

We’re still kings of Manchester, says United boss Solskjaer

We’re still kings of Manchester, says United boss Solskjaer

It's derby day in the Premier League this weekend as Manchester United take on Manchester City in the big game on Saturday night, and a former Red looks rather optimistic about United's chances.

"As a club, the size of our club, we're going to have to bridge that gap and our aim is to go past the teams above us and I believe at Man United that's what we have to aim for, that's what we have to go for and that's what we have to believe in", said Solskjaer who faces City in a Premier League derby today. "We do have the resources to do it, we do have the people to do it, so why not".

Solskjaer had to wait nearly five years to play in a Manchester derby following his move to Old Trafford in 1996, when City were in the doldrums, but is now tasked with trying to put United back on top with Pep Guardiola's side and Liverpool dominant.

With both managers holding news conferences on Friday, the same question was put to Pep Guardiola later in the day and while he conceded City can not match United's trophy cabinet, he was quick to point out that the scales have tipped in the other direction since he arrived in Manchester in 2016.

"If we can manage to get another performance - [with] the confidence, the way we played against Tottenham - then we can come out of it with a result".

"At least we play every year now!"

And when asked if United were still bigger, despite City's recent dominance, he responded: "Yeah".

United have huge history and their quality is always there but we must try to beat them.

"Don't agree", he added. "What are you going to do?" Are you going to give up?

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Pep Guardiola has led City to back-to-back titles and a domestic Treble, while United have not mounted a serious challenge Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

"How? Don't deviate from a plan that you have set out and believe in what we're doing behind the scenes, believe in the players, believe in the coaching staff".

The struggles for United have been all about consistency as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side hasn't won back-to-back games all season.

"We hope to have Anthony definitely for part of the game, not sure if he's able to start", said Solskjaer.

"In the time we've been here, we've been better than United", said Guardiola.

Solskjaer knows United need to rebuild and change the culture to one with "that hunger and selflessness that most of these players are showing".

"Of course Paul's going to play when he gets his fitness", Solskjaer said.

"We keep on going in the direction we're going".

But Solskjaer aimed a playful jibe at City by saying it was nice United now get the opportunity to play them every season.

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