Solskjaer Explains Why United Cannot Play Like Guardiola’s Man City

Man City manager Pep Guardiola and Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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Fans have been complaining about United’s style of play for years now. The Old Trafford crowd struggled to get used to the almost regressive side Jose Mourinho used to implement. And even with the appointment of Solskjaer, that hasn’t changed.

The Norwegian also plays a very defensive setup that aims to neutralise any threats before attempting to attack. The former Cardiff City boss is an expert at setting up deep block sides – deep block sides that are good enough to stop even Man City.

However, supporters are still not used the slow and uneventful style of play. And it seems like the United boss is aware of it but chooses to continue his usual setup due to a big reason.

“I think it has been told in quite certain terms what kind of team we are,” the former striker said [via M.E.N]. “They know what we expect. They know when we are at our best.

“Today I think we showed it and we saw it. Even though we went 1-0 down heads did not drop. We do have to make it hard to play against us.

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“We can’t play tippy-tappy football. We can’t, at this moment in time, play like City. It is only City that can do that. We have to show more energy, drive, urgency and selflessness in every single game. That is the way we have to play at the moment.”

There is a point in what the gaffer is trying to convey. The Red Devils are still clearly an incomplete side. They lack the correct talent and squad depth to implement an identity of progressive style just yet.

Nevertheless, during their 4-1 win over Newcastle this week, the 46-year-old seemed to have instructed his men with more of an attacking based tactics. This showed on the pitch and on the scoreline. The Mancunians may not be playing fluid football right now but rest assured, they’re on the right path.