Solskjaer claims Man Utd’s quest back to the top is being helped by bitter rivals Man City – The Sun

OLE GUNNAR Solskjaer believes his team’s quest to restore greatness is being helped by rivals MANCHESTER CITY.

United face their noisy neighbours for a fourth time in three months at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Although City knocked them out of the Carabao Cup over their two-legged semi-final in January, United could record their THIRD victory of the season over Pep Guardiola’s men.

And it would also be United’s first Premier League double over City for TEN years.

United boss Solskjaer said: “There will be no video shown to them before this game because we’ve played them so many times.

“It has helped us. My team is still developing, our team is developing, and we want to be playing against the best. We need to learn and they’ve been the best for the last few seasons. And for us it’s a great challenge.”

United have not beaten City at Old Trafford for five years and had a first-half 19-minute meltdown in their first-leg semi – conceding three times, which ultimately cost them that tie.

The United boss believes lessons have been learned from that horrow show.

And he said: “When you’re at home and you must open up against a team like Man City, they’ll exploit that if you’re not 100 per cent.

“Sometimes, being at home, with your fans, you want to show them what you can do. You want to beat your opponents and sometimes you open too many spaces. That’s what we did for 10, 15 or 20 minutes or whatever it was after they scored a worldy.

“It wasn’t a problem before Bernardo Silva scored in the top corner. That wasn’t an issue until our heads went for a little while, thinking we had to recover the game in 10 minutes. You don’t have to do that when it’s a cup competition in two games.

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