Solskjaer: We don't play for draws here at United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no plans on settling for a draw against Liverpool, as his Manchester United squad prepares to face the old rivals at Old Trafford.
Before the first meeting of the season against our local foes, the boss was asked in his pre-match press conference how he plans to contain the attacking threat posed by Jurgen Klopp's Merseysiders, and whether he would settle for a point against the league leaders.
Ole was adamant that United will be on the front foot from the get-go.
“You never take a draw when you're at Man United,” he said.
“I want to go out there and get three points. We need points. It doesn't matter if it's Liverpool or Man City or Brighton we want to win games, we need to start winning games and let's see how the game pans out.”
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The 2019/20 campaign is yet to kick into life for Ole's squad, with two wins from the opening eight matches, and the manager has cited a lack of confidence in recent games as a contributing factor.
The Norwegian believes, though, that a win in front of the United faithful would bring about a wave of fresh optimism throughout the squad at the Aon Training Complex.
“A good performance, a good result, a good outcome for us here can change player's confidence, player's mood, player's perception of what's good.
”Maybe they've not really believed they're good enough at times. With confidence you think twice instead of just acting on instinct. I know these players are good enough. No worries about that.
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It has been well documented that the Reds will be without the services of David De Gea on Sunday, after the Spaniard sustained an injury while on international duty last week.
Dependable stand-in Sergio Romero has stepped into the breach, and Ole has been impressed with the Argentinian's efforts in training, as he prepares for his first league appearance of the season against Liverpool.
The World Cup finalist has already featured competitively for the Reds this season, having played in our Carabao Cup tie over Rochdale and Europa League outing against Astana, both of which were victories.
“Sergio has trained really well and he's really benfitted from the work he's has done in the gym, so we'll see a fresh and ready Sergio. He's already played a couple of games this year and he's already proven, Sergio, that he's ready.”
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“Of course I go, 'oh, David', when you see him sat on the floor. But Sergio is ready when he's called upon, so I'm in a good and fortunate situation with the goalkeeping department, as I spoke about before. It's top class.”
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