Following Sunday’s dour draw with Chelsea and Wednesday’s scoreless stalemate at Crystal Palace, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already turned his attention to Sunday’s drab 0-0 draw with neighbours Manchester City.
The United boss is confident his side can sufficiently suck the life out of a game billed as a potential title decider by absolutely no one.
Discussing the cagey stalemate with Paddy Power News, the 48-year-old Norwegian told us:
‘The derby will be a great opportunity to clear out the shed or engage in some other tedious task you’ve been putting off for months.
‘It’s a 4.30pm kick-off, so there might be adequate enough daylight hours to get a bit of weeding done.
‘I’m being paid to watch it, so I’ve no choice in the matter really’.
When quizzed about his tactical approach towards the game, the Treble-winner remained coy.
‘I don’t want to give too much away but expect to see at least four holding midfielders in there.
‘That should provide adequate protection for Harry while he tries to remember how to play football.’
‘People might expect us to have a go at them because we’ve scored 53 league goals but you have to remember we scored 38 of those in our games against Southampton.’
Meanwhile, the United manager gave an update on the ever-burgeoning Old Trafford injury list.
‘Paul’s (Pogba) accidentally poked himself in the eye while dabbing. It’s a setback. We might not see him until the transfer window re-opens’.
‘Edi (Cavani) has locked himself in his hotel room and is refusing to come out until the weather improves’.
‘Donny’s (van de Beek) got a slight knock, which is great because it’s less embarrassing for everyone concerned when I don’t pick him’.
In other news, Man City boss Pep Guardiola revealed he’s tempted to come out of retirement to face Solskjaer’s men on Sunday.
The Citizens have won 126 games in a row and are currently 98 points clear of 2nd place United in the Premier League table.
‘Be nice to stretch the old legs again’, the 50-year-old Spaniard told Paddy Power News.
‘There’ll be no fans in the stadium to witness it. Plus, everyone watching at home will have been bored into unconsciousness within 15 minutes.
‘So, if I play sh*te, no one will remember’, he added.
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