Ole Gunnar Solskjaer predicts Man United v Liverpool FC
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expecting an open game when Man United host Liverpool FC on Sunday afternoon
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his Manchester United players that it is time for them to “step up to the plate” when they take on Liverpool FC on Sunday.
The Red Devils are preparing to welcome the Reds to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as they look to bounce back from their stuttering start to the Premier League season.
Solskjaer’s men currently find themselves down in 12th place in the Premier League table and a staggering 15 points behind leaders Liverpool FC after eight games.
Jurgen Klopp’s side, meanwhile, are flying high at the top of the table, after having won all eight of their opening top-flight fixtures.
Manchester United are aiming to return to winning ways after the disappointment of their 1-0 loss to Newcastle United last time out.
And Solskjaer seems to be confident that his side will have what it takes to claim all three points when they take on the Reds this weekend in front of their home fans.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Solskjaer said: “There’s a lot of pieces in that puzzle that have to be in place.
“We’ve got to be ready and I think the players are mentally prepared for this one. Of course, the fans will always be behind our backs.
“Liverpool have been on a great run. Deano (loaned-out Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson) knows he could’ve stopped that run, but we know we’ll just have to ride their good moments, because they’ve got some quality players, but we’re Manchester United and there are some good players here.
“We need to step up to the plate, and these are the big games that you sign up for at Man United – you have to show your quality.”
He added: “I can’t see Liverpool coming to park the bus – that’s just not in their mentality. So I can see it being an open game, which will suit us.”
Manchester United are aiming to break back into the top four this season after they finished sixth and without a trophy under Solskjaer last term.