Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Liverpool are ‘still playing well’ despite winning just one of their last six ahead of trip to Old Trafford in FA Cup fourth-round tie
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Liverpool are capable of challenging for the title
- He says they are ‘still playing well’ despite losing their first home game in years
- The United manager does, however, believe his side have built up momentum
- United came back from behind against Fulham to return to the top of the table
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still believes Liverpool are capable of challenging Manchester United for the Premier League title.
Solskjaer claims Liverpool are ‘still playing well’ despite losing their first home game in nearly four years when they suffered a 1-0 defeat by Burnley at Anfield on Thursday night.
The United manager does, however, believe his own side have built up momentum – after coming from behind against Fulham to return to the top the league table.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Liverpool are capable of challenging Manchester United for the title
‘They’re still playing well,’ Solskjaer told Manchester United’s official website.
‘I said it was the best time to meet them last week. That was of no disrespect to them, it was because it was the best time for us. We are in good form; we are in a great mode of confidence and momentum and we felt we could have won the away game.
‘They will want to go through in the cup as well. They’re a few points behind us in the league but they’re still a top team.
‘We had four home games on the bounce, now we had three away games on the bounce. You have to say, winning at Burnley, winning at Fulham and drawing against Liverpool, seven points – they’re decent results.’
He claims they are ‘still playing well’ despite losing their first home game in nearly four years
Manchester United’s most recent clash with Liverpool ended in a goalless draw at Anfield
Having faced each other in a goalless draw at Anfield in the Premier League last week, Manchester United and Liverpool are set to face each other in the FA Cup again this afternoon.
Solskjaer claims there are no injury concerns within the United squad as he gave his players adequate time off to rest and recover after their fixture against Fulham.
He said: ‘As you expect when you win a game, everybody’s happy. We had to have a day off, or we gave them Thursday off because we didn’t get back until three or four in the morning. We had to drive up instead of flying up, the runway was closed.
‘So it was a change of plans on the travel back. They enjoyed the day off and today [Friday] everyone was back and smiling.
‘We’ve lost no one after the Fulham game it looks like. So everyone, more or less, is available for selection again.
‘I think it has to do with the lifestyle that everyone is living. Now, there’s not too much to do to use calories and energy away from home. You recover quicker when you’re resting.
‘So that’s been a positive. We’ve been lucky in training and games that we haven’t had injuries so far. We keep our fingers crossed that will continue.’
Manchester United are top of the table again after coming back from behind against Fulham
Jurgen Klopp’s side will be missing a number of players through injury during the FA Cup tie
Jurgen Klopp on the other hand is dealing with a series of injuries within his Liverpool squad.
Captain Jordan Henderson picked up a muscle strain in the build-up to the Burnley game. It remains to be seen if the midfielder will feature at Old Trafford this afternoon.
Klopp will also be without Naby Keita – who has been side-lined for almost a month now. While both Diogo Jota and Virgil van Dijk are still recovering from two serious injuries.
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