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Dec 6, 2019, 7:39:00 PM

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects feisty Manchester derby

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his squad will be ready for a tough-tackling derby match with Manchester City.

The two rivals face off this weekend in the first Manchester derby of the season, with City in third place and United in sixth.

Solskjaer tasted his first Manchester derby in 2001 while playing up front for United, and admits the games were more about physicality and emotion back then.

“At least we play every year now! It took many years before I played a Manchester derby myself,” said Solskjaer in his pre-match press conference.

“But it's changed in a way. Of course Man City are a better team now than when I was playing. I think football has changed quite a lot.

“I think it allowed a few more proper tackles - with every little angle, everything being scrutinised now, it's more of a technical, tactical game than physical and mental one.

“But, still, a derby should be played as a derby. We don't play basketball, so we're ready for that if that happens,” he added.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA