"We don't play basketball … we'll be ready for a derby": Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells Manchester United to stay old-fashioned and physical against City with proper tackles, while fighting for a turnaround. at Etihad
- Manchester United meet Manchester City in Saturday's action pick
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preparing his team for a physical battle on Etihad
- United comes into play after a 2-1 win against Tottenham
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer invited his players to take an outdated physical approach to Saturday's derby with Manchester City.
The Manchester United coach leads his players to Etihad behind the victory over Spurs and is looking for momentum.
Solskjaer said this morning: ‘Football has changed a lot. In these games, it used to allow some more appropriate approaches.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants a tough approach from Manchester United in Saturday's derby
Jesse Lingard envisioned a tough challenge to Ilkay Gundogan in the April showdown
Fred and Victor Lindelof argue with Sergio Aguero during the last team meeting
‘But with every little angle and everything being examined now, it's more of a technical and tactical game than a physical and mental one.
"A derby should be played like a derby, we don't play basketball and we are ready if that happens."
Things have certainly changed since Solskjaer was playing for United. The Norwegian really had to wait four seasons after arriving in 1996 to play against City.
"At least we play every year now," he said, referring to City's years off the top.
Took It took me many years to play a derby in Manchester. Now it has changed one way. Man City is a better team now than when I was playing. & # 39;
United may welcome Anthony Martial back as a substitute, but the game will be too soon for Paul Pogba, still recovering from an ankle problem.
Solskjaer says derby games are more tactical than when he played them
United beat Tottenham 2-1 this week thanks to a goal from Marcus Rashford
Anthony Martial may return as substitute for United's clash against City on Saturday
But Solskjaer hopes Marcus Rashford can repeat the form he showed by scoring twice against Tottenham on Tuesday. "He is doing this at the moment he is constantly scoring," added Solskjaer.
‘It's not like four in a game and then two or three without.
"It's not just an outbreak, but he's constantly getting chances, and in better positions. On Wednesday night, he was unbelievable and expects to see it again."
Solskjaer revealed that United had contacted defender Chris Smalling, who is on loan from Italy in Rome.
Smalling and Romelu Lukaku, a former United striker, were subjected to a racist front page in an Italian sports newspaper earlier this week.
Solskjaer says United offered support to Chris Smalling after a racist headline in a newspaper
Smalling and Romelu Lukaku appear on the front page of Corriere dello Sport on Thursday
Solskjaer said: ‘First of all, when you see the newspaper, it says:“ Wow, is this really possible? "
‘It's the worst front page I've ever seen and we get in touch with Chris to let him know that we'll also support him and Romelu.
‘I don't work in your line of business, but ours is amazing and at least we don't see it here. This has to be eliminated.
‘Chris has been fantastic for Roma, but sometimes we know that if you change the environment, it can happen both ways.
‘Chris is the type who appreciates these challenges. He is cultured, likes to live down there, a new experience for him.
‘He's a boy who couldn't be here without being regular and very happy for him, because we can see the best player he is. I think he will be back here.
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