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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 'Past performances against Liverpool give us belief'

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 'Past performances against Liverpool give us belief'
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Jurgen Klopp accused United of negative tactics after the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in October.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dismissed Jurgen Klopp's criticism of Manchester United's playing style and predicted his young side will rise to the challenge of frustrating the Premier League leaders once more on Sunday.

Klopp accused United of negative tactics after the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in October and Solskjaer said he would take his rival's evident displeasure as a positive sign.

Solskjaer said: "I take it as a compliment that we defended so well and they've not really created chances against us.

"When the opposition manager is frustrated, that is a good sign for you that our boys have done well.

"We've played them at Old Trafford twice and been closest to winning both games. So we've got some games to look back on that will give us some belief."

Solskjaer will give Marcus Rashford the maximum possible opportunity to recover from the back injury he aggravated against Wolves in midweek, but the striker is unlikely to feature.

And the Norwegian insisted his young squad would be up for the challenge of becoming the first team to beat Klopp's men in the league this season, amid renewed fears of safety issues surrounding the fixture.

Solskjaer added: "(I have) no safety fears. Of course they want to try to intimidate us as long as it's within the boundaries.

"I've been sat on a coach going to Anfield and whatever they shout and scream at you, you don't really notice.

"You've got to look forward to these games. It's a great challenge for our players to play against the league leaders. It can be an intimidating place but I'm sure it will be fine."

Solskjaer confirmed he has handed Harry Maguire the United captaincy on a permanent basis as Ashley Young edges closer to a move to Inter Milan, pending a medical on Friday.

Maguire has been handed the armband just six months after his £80million move from Leicester and Solskjaer said: "Everything about him tells me that he is a leader."

Solskjaer went on to pay tribute to Young, and he admitted the 34-year-old's move to San Siro marked an unmissable opportunity at this stage of his career.

He added: "Ashley is 35 in the summer and if he gets a two-year contract somewhere I think it's up to him to take [something] that we weren't ready to offer.

"He's been a good servant to the club, he's been captain and won leagues and trophies but we've got other players coming through and Ashley's mindset was, 'I want to try something new'."

Luke Shaw is a doubt after missing the Wolves game with a hamstring injury and Eric Bailly is unlikely to be risked, while Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo and Scott McTominay are all still out.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool26251061154676
2Manchester CityMan City25163665293651
3Leicester CityLeicester26155654262850
4Chelsea2512584334941
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs2611784334940
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2610972824439
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2681263532336
8Everton26106103438-436
9Manchester UnitedMan Utd259883629735
10Arsenal2671363634234
11Burnley26104123039-934
12Southampton2694133248-1631
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2687112440-1631
14Crystal Palace2679102332-930
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2669113138-727
16Bournemouth2675142640-1426
17Aston Villa2674153450-1625
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2566133043-1324
19Watford2659122440-1624
20Norwich CityNorwich2646162448-2418

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