Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has mentioned Liverpool‘s issues are all the way down to extra than simply Virgil van Dijk‘s harm however that Jurgen Klopp’s aspect will nonetheless present a big check within the FA Cup fourth spherical this weekend.
Liverpool have gained one in all their final six video games and noticed their 68-game unbeaten house run within the Premier League finish with a 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Thursday.
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They’ve been with out Van Dijk since October and have failed to attain a league aim since Dec. 27 however forward of the FA Cup conflict at Outdated Trafford on Sunday (dwell at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN+), Solskjaer has warned his gamers the champions are nonetheless a “prime group”.
“Yeah, Van Dijk shouldn’t be there however everybody’s bought an harm or two right here or there,” mentioned Solskjaer. “[At Anfield on Sunday] they’d 5 midfielders there to play out plus a keeper who may be very succesful.
“We performed in opposition to a prime Liverpool group. It isn’t straightforward.”
United went again to the highest of the Premier League desk with a 2-1 win at Fulham on Wednesday and face one other essential week within the title race with video games in opposition to Sheffield United and Arsenal.
However Solskjaer is eager to win his first trophy and has promised to area a robust group in opposition to Liverpool on the weekend. Defender Victor Lindelof is out there once more after lacking the journey to Craven Cottage whereas he continues to handle a again drawback.
“We’ll put an honest group collectively in fact, a group I really feel can win the sport,” Solskjaer mentioned. “The main target is now on the FA Cup.
“We all know it is a troublesome tie. I am not the very best on attracts so I believe they need to attempt to get another person in if they need a straightforward draw.”
Solskjaer has historical past with Liverpool within the fourth spherical of the FA Cup after scoring an injury-time winner within the fixture in 1999. Michael Owen gave Liverpool an early lead earlier than United scored twice within the ultimate two minutes to undergo. Sir Alex Ferguson’s group wouldn’t lose once more all season on their approach to the Treble and Solskjaer mentioned moments like these can present a springboard for a profitable season.
“We all know in that season we had been near going out in opposition to Liverpool,” he added. “Peter Schmeichel saved a penalty from Dennis Bergkamp within the semifinal in harm time.
“These moments, I believe they gave us the psychological benefit, particularly within the semifinal. However in opposition to Liverpool as effectively in that fourth spherical, if you get that enhance of turning 1-0 all the way down to a 2-1 win in opposition to an enormous group it is large. The FA Cup is a run we have to get pleasure from so long as it lasts.”