Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it will take a PSG-like performance for Man Utd to beat Liverpool on Super Sunday, but says his side have proven they can beat the best.
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves, Solskjaer says his side have risen to the challenge of facing the top sides in Europe before, with Liverpool unbeaten in 38 Premier League games and 27 points clear of United.
Solskjaer referenced away victories over Paris Saint-Germain in March and Manchester City last month as evidence United can play at the level needed to beat Liverpool, and insists his side have the tactical capability to cause them problems.
“It will take a massive performance, it will take a performance up to our best levels, it will take a performance we’ve shown before that we are capable of. Man City away, PSG away, big games for us to look back on and think: ‘Yeah, we can do it.’
“Since I’ve been here we have met Liverpool twice – two draws at Old Trafford – and I think we’ve done well, with different approaches in both games. It gives us a couple of options of how to play against them.”
Asked if he was worried about the state of his side, Solskjaer said:
“Not really. We beat City, we beat Burnley lately, we’re picking up our form. I’m not worried, no. Of course we’d like to win more games, but we do have a team sometimes that can set up in away games and soak up some pressure, counter attack, and some of our best performances have been against good teams away from home.
“You need to find an extra level to come away with something at Anfield. It’s not an easy place to go to, but you’ve got to go there with a mindset of not just waiting for them to steamroller you. They have done that against a few teams. We’ve got to go there and stamp our own authority on the game, and do as well as we can.
“As I said, it’s only a month ago we should have been four or five up against City away from home. Yes, we’ve lost against them at home since that, but we do have experience that we can look back on.
“If we keep our heads, keep believing in what we’re doing, of course there could be moments in a game where you need some luck, to win your individual battles. But tactically I’m sure we should be able to cope with it.”