Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer: How we'll prepare for Prenton Park

Friday 24 January 2020 10:00

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United are ready to face Tranmere Rovers in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday.

The identity of our fourth-round opponents was only confirmed at around 22:20 GMT on Thursday night, with the League One side defeating Watford 2-1, after extra-time in their third-round replay.

The boss revealed to reporters that his staff had scouted a number of Tranmere matches prior to Thursday’s tie, but insisted his own team’s preparation and performance was also important.

“It's a quick turnaround anyway,” Ole said in his pre-match press conference.

Solskjaer appeared in front of the press prior to Sunday's match.

“We played on Wednesday, so we hadn't prepared a lot, but, before the game yesterday, we had watched a couple of the other Tranmere games and you watched the one last night, so the opposition is the opposition, no matter what.

“We have to just concentrate and get our own house in order and be ready for the game ourselves.

“So, we'll look at it again today, but I don't think you want to fill the heads of the players too early with the next game all the time.”

The pitch at Prenton Park will be a talking point in the run-up to the game, with two games postponed at the ground in recent weeks due to inclement weather.

United Women’s match against Liverpool was called off earlier this month due to a waterlogged pitch, while the replay with Watford had to be put back nine days after Storm Brendan wreaked havoc on the area.

The manager played down the likely effects of the playing surface, especially when asked if he might think twice about selecting Eric Bailly, who has just returned from six months out with a knee injury.

“The pitch is not great, but that's the same for both of us,” Solskjaer added.

Bailly could feature for United for the first time since April.

“The players just have to be focused, ready. This generation coming through with astroturf and nice pitches, they get lazier in their heads, so Eric is probably one of them who is more prepared and ready for a game with that pitch.

“So everyone has just got to be focused, both for injuries but also, of course, the bounce of the ball.”

Solskjaer is hoping to use the FA Cup to lift spirits after a disappointing few days, which has seen us lose successive games in the Premier League for the first time this season.

“Of course we can go again," he stressed. "It's the second day today [after Burnley], recovery. You've just got to get on with it.

“You've got to go onto the next one with the right mentality. After a game, you're disappointed and you're down, of course you are, and I'm not going to lie, it's not been nice losing two games.

“That's how it is, but then you spend an hour or two and then you get over it and you look forward.”

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