22 Jan Extra than simply Van Dijk damage
Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has mentioned Liverpool’s issues are right down to extra than simply Virgil van Dijk’s damage however that Jurgen Klopp’s aspect will nonetheless present a major 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-Zero 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Dijk since October and have failed to attain a league objective since Dec. 27 however forward of the FA Cup conflict at Outdated Trafford on Sunday (reside at 1 p.m. ET on Football4cast+), Solskjaer has warned his gamers the champions are nonetheless a “prime team”.
“Yeah, Van Dijk just isn’t there however everybody’s bought an damage or two right here or there,” mentioned Solskjaer. “[At Anfield on Sunday] that they had 5 midfielders there to play out plus a keeper who could be very succesful.
“We performed in opposition to a prime Liverpool team. It is not simple.”
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 discipline a powerful team in opposition to Liverpool on the weekend. Defender Victor Lindelof is accessible once more after lacking the journey to Craven Cottage whereas he continues to handle a again drawback.
“We’ll put an honest team collectively in fact, a team 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 perfect on attracts so I feel they need to attempt to get another person in if they need a simple 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 last two minutes to undergo. Sir Alex Ferguson’s team wouldn’t lose once more all season on their solution 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 damage time.
“These moments, I feel 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 increase of turning 1-Zero right down to a 2-1 win in opposition to an enormous team it is huge. The FA Cup is a run we have to take pleasure in so long as it lasts.”