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‘We want City to feel confident so we can throw sucker punch’ – Solskjaer

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær hopes Manchester City will approach Saturday’s derby with arrogance because this could allow Manchester United to land a “sucker punch”, according to TheGuardian

United travel to the Etihad Stadium 11 points behind City but Solskjær is confident of his side’s prospects. Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur followed victories over Chelsea and Leicester City plus a 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

The manager was asked whether City should fear United in light of those results.

“We might not want them to be scared of us, we might want them to be arrogant and confident because you don’t have to shout the loudest to throw the sucker punch. It’s not about shouting the loudest, it’s about doing the talking on the pitch.”

Solskjær was adamant that United, the record 20-times English champions, remain a bigger club than City, who have won four Premier League titles in the last seven years and last season claimed an unprecedented domestic treble. He also rejected the notion that United cannot compete with City, which his predecessor, José Mourinho, has claimed.

“Don’t agree,” he said. “What are you going do? Are you going to give up? Not challenge them? That’s what we’ve got to get back to. You can’t argue that we’re [not] too far behind but it’s a chance for us now to challenge them and bridge that gap a little bit. So we’re going there to win, we’re going there to get a result, even though we know it’s going to be difficult.”

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