Solskjaer wants United be positive in Manchester derby

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his team should start on the front foot to have any chance of defeating champions Manchester City on Saturday. Although United defeated Tottenham last Sunday after their abysmal performance against Liverpool, a defeat to Man City could leave the Red Devils 11 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the Manchester derby Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said “It’s a special one of course. The last time we had a Manchester derby with fans in the stadium, the atmosphere was electric.”

I think everyone will still remember that one, probably more so than any dark moments we’ve had. When Scott [McTominay] scored that goal in added time, it was a special moment.”

We know it’s a one-off game, it’s one of those you have to start on the front foot, start ready, because a lot of it depends who gets on the front foot.”

On asked about his counterpart Pep Guardiola, Solskjaer said “I’ve got a great respect and admiration for Pep and what he’s done. We’ve had a few good results, tight games, we need another performance like this. Sometimes you need luck, we know this is a game where we’ll have to work hard but we have to believe.”

We’re at home, we’ve had a few good results, we need to work hard and we have to earn it. We have to go into this game believing we can do good things. It’s a local derby and everyone knows what’s at stake.”

The Norwegian confirmed Raphael Varane is likely to be out for about four weeks, while Lindelof might be a doubt for tomorrow’s game. He added “We’ve got a couple of players doubtful unfortunately, but that’s part of the game. We’ll just have to give them as much time as possible because all of them are working really hard and they wanted another 24 hours to see if they could be available.”

With all the technology, you expect him (Varane) to be out for four-five weeks. It’s a blow for us as he’s come in and been really influential, but Eric Bailly came in last time and was exceptional. We have a squad that can cope.”

He’s (Lindelof) still a doubt but, hopefully, he can come in tomorrow and say he’s ready. I expect him to be ready tomorrow but I can’t confirm.”

Source: Manchester United

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