Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this weekend made some baffling comments about the Manchester derby defeat.
The Manchester United boss has claimed United are “going places” because City boss Pep Guardiola supposedly fielded his strongest side in their 3-1 Carabao Cup win at Old Trafford last week.
United were overwhelmingly beaten by their neighbours, but Solskjaer was quite happy to put some positive spin on the defeat after Saturday’s 4-0 cruise past Norwich.
After Saturday’s Old Trafford win Solskjaer said: “You know, when you play Man City in the Carabao Cup and they put their strongest team out, you know you’ve gone places.
“It means they respect us, and teams start to respect Man United coming here.
“So, I didn’t take that too badly, you know? I took it as a compliment that they came out with their best players.”
Solskjaer’s comments have not gone down well with fans on Twitter and many have pointed out that, in fact, Guardiola’s side was far from full strength.
Ederson, Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Gabriel Jesus were all rested, with City going without a striker and playing a false nine.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Kevin De Bruyne opened up about how his side prepared their tactics for the clash at Old Trafford.
“We didn’t train that but it’s not like we never did it before – we did it sometimes against teams that prefer to play man-against-man; Cardiff, United, in Barcelona away we did it the first year with Pep, so we’ve done it a couple of times.”
Solskjaer has refused to give up hope of reaching the final with a second leg at The Etihad to come and pointed to last season’s heroics against Paris saint-Germain.
PSG had won 2-0 at Old Trafford, with Paul Pogba sent off, before a sensational trip the Parc des Princes saw Romelu Lukaku nab a brace before Marcus Rashford’s stoppage time penalty sent United through.
“PSG is the latest example and we have to believe that we can put on a performance,” said Solskjaer.
“Even though it’s a steep mountain to climb, we can still climb it.”