Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can not wait to take table-topping Manchester United to reigning champions Liverpool on Sunday, when the 1999 treble hero will try to mastermind his first win in opposition to their bitter rivals.
The Norwegian loved his justifiable share of success in opposition to the Reds throughout his medal-laden taking part in days however has didn’t beat Jurgen Klopp’s males since taking on as supervisor in December 2018.
Solskjaer claimed it could be an “upset” if he oversees victory in opposition to Liverpool on the fourth time of asking, regardless of his in-form aspect heading into Sunday’s Anfield encounter as Premier League leaders.
The Purple Devils boss has constantly performed down the significance of being prime at this stage of the season however is wanting ahead to the match as a lot as anybody.
“You’re all the time excited while you’re going to play in opposition to groups of that high quality and calibre and, for us, type goes out the window,” six-time title winner Solskjaer mentioned.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s first or final sport, while you go to Anfield it’s a giant sport for the membership, for the gamers, for the followers. I’m actually wanting ahead to it as a result of we’re in good type in the intervening time.
“You don’t get something for being on the prime of the league in January so no, it’s not congratulations, it’s not one thing we’ve ever actually valued.
“It doesn’t matter. It’s the place you find yourself on the finish of the season that issues.”
Solskjaer’s three earlier matches in opposition to Liverpool have introduced simply two factors, with a pair of dwelling attracts adopted by a 2-0 loss at Anfield final January.
United fell an eye-watering 30 factors behind Klopp’s males with that defeat, but the ever-improving aspect return 364 days later three factors higher off than the hosts.
“We’re a significantly better aspect now than a 12 months in the past,” mentioned Solskjaer, whose crew received 1-0 at Burnley on Tuesday.
“However then once more we misplaced that sport to a (Virgil) Van Dijk header from a nook and a counter assault with the final kick of the sport from our nook – so we weren’t 1,000,000 miles away then both.
“It’s a misperception individuals say we have been 1,000,000 miles away. We did have some moments in that sport ourselves.
“In fact our league place, we’re aggressive, we’re up there with six or seven different groups. It’s a tighter season this 12 months.
“I believe the previous couple of years it’s been two groups working away with it by the tip of October so no less than now we’re in it midway.”
United have received 9 matches throughout an unbeaten 11-game Premier League run after impressively navigating their approach by way of the festive interval.
A scarcity of accidents to key gamers definitely helped throughout that run, with defenders Brandon Williams and Phil Jones the one gamers undoubtedly dominated out of Sunday’s match.
Anthony Martial is amongst people who shall be assessed and Solskjaer prompt Liverpool would come too quickly for thrilling 18-year-old addition Amad Diallo, who started coaching with United this week after becoming a member of from Atalanta.
“Amad has seemed actually snug and he’s settled in rather well in coaching,” he mentioned.
“It exhibits how technically adept he’s and, in fact, we’ll give him time to settle and regulate, however hopefully we are able to see him on the pitch earlier than too lengthy. He’s undoubtedly performed nicely in coaching.
“(How and when to introduce him) is the choice we have now to make with the bubbles and all this. They want aggressive video games and, in the intervening time, we don’t have any.
“He shall be coaching (with us) and let’s see when he’ll get his first game-time – if it’s from the bench with us or with the under-23s. It’s prone to be the under-23s in fact.”