Man Utd won their first game of the season against a ‘Big 6’ side, albeit not in the Premier League but in the 4th round of the FA Cup.
The Red Devils might rue dropping two points against Liverpool at Anfield, with a convincing 3-2 win a week later indicating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pedigree to go toe-to-toe with the defending champions – or any other strong opponent for that matter.
With no scope of another setback due to relentless Man City, a triumph over Liverpool will give this young side belief for their next big clash – a trip to the Emirates in the upcoming weekend.
Aside from recent positive results, the Norwegian gaffer will also take some confidence from the determination some of his players are showing in training.
Bruno Fernandes, who was inches away from scoring a free-kick in Merseyside, found the winner in the next meeting via a same method.
To get the better of a world-class goalkeeper like Alisson almost twice is down to the extra shift the Portuguese puts in training. And he’s not the only Red Devil who stays behind for extra sessions.
Speaking to MUTV after ending Liverpool’s FA Cup ambitions for this season, the 26-year-old revealed he practices free-kicks regularly. He added: “Sometimes he [Solskjaer] has to kick me out of training to stop.
“I’m always working on that kind of situation, I like to watch and learn from Juan [Mata]. He’s a really good specialist and me and Juan stay out a lot, also Rashy, Alex [Telles], Fred, although I think it’s just for fun with Fred.”
With dedicated players like these at his disposal at Carrington, Solskjaer can trust his team to give Pep Guardiola’s City a tough fight in the title race.