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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer getting ready for the next Manchester Derby

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​Manchester United are set to take on cross-town rivals Manchester City in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday (90min).

The Reds come into this game on the back of a disappointing 2-0 loss to Arsenal and a thoroughly underwhelming 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to see his side get back to their best.

Speaking ahead of the game (via ​Manchester Evening News), Solskjaer gave fans an insight on their preparation and some early team news for the match.

United managed to pick up a 2-1 win over ​City a month ago, but the Red Devils’ form has fallen off since then, while City have bounced back to their best once more.

“We’re gonna aim for performances like that, two good days against ​Tottenham and City in a short spell but every game lives its own life, when you get highs like that I’m sure they will look back on it and that’s the Man United we wanna see but we can improve on that one,” Solskjaer said.

“They’re back winning games but form goes out the window when we play each other when you go on the local derby adrenaline and atmosphere and on any given day or game can change within a moment a ref’s decision, luck, injury, red card but we know they’re a top team. 

“I admire Pep’s team, they’ve raised the bar so much since he came, standards set are something to aim for.”

​Since facing City on 7 December, United have played eight games, and the lack of a winter break is something which many managers have criticised in recent weeks.

“Big games give you energy, give you the urge to go to the next level, above and beyond what you might be capable of in your head, sometimes you surprise yourself,” he added.

“There’s no way you can train in between, it’s about mental prep, good treatment with physios and staff and just hopefully remember what we did last time and what we must do better.”

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