Table toppers Manchester United travel to Anfield on Sunday to play the defending champions in one of the most anticipated matches of the season. The Red Devils have a three point lead at the top, thanks to their win against Burnley on Tuesday night.
United are at the top of the table for the first time since 2013, the year they last won the Premier League under Sir Alex Fergusson. The defending champions have not lost a game at Anfield since April 2017, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not won at Anfield since he last started for United in 2002.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the game, Solskjaer said the match against Liverpool will be a good test for his United side. The United manager added “Every team goes into every game thinking they can win it. We know that we can beat anyone, anywhere on any given day. So to be able to go into a game like this, feeling if we play to our best that we can win, is a good feeling.”
“It’s a test and reality check for where we are really at because Liverpool at Anfield is one of the great challenges. We have won many, many tight games, scored a few goals in injury time.”
“We have not really set the world alight too many times. To win away at Anfield you really need to be at your best level.”
“I would rather be on top and have the points than chasing. But we are the challengers, we are the hunters chasing the champions. It’s over the course of a long season and they’re the ones that everyone would like to beat. We’ve definitely not thought that we’re at the top and everyone is there to chase us.”
On Liverpool’s home record
“They have been incredible at home, so we need that extra edge. We have to be humble and fight for every single inch on that pitch. Any little detail can decide one of these games.”
On United’s record against Liverpool
Although United are unbeaten in their last 11 games, they have managed to beat Liverpool just once in their last 10 meetings. However, Solskjaer said his team remain confident due to their current form. The Norwegian added “Form goes out the window when you play your rivals, but our form gives us confidence going into the game.”
“If you look at the last few seasons, I think it would be an upset, it would be a shock.”
“I think our position at the moment is a product of all the hard work that we’ve done. We probably deserve to be where we’re at at the moment. We’re looking forward to the game and hopefully we can cause an upset.”