Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has detailed what he expects from Man City on Wednesday after admitting the depth of hurt felt by Manchester United after the humiliation at Everton.
United were hammered 4-0 at Everton on Sunday with first-half goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson stunning United before Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott piled on the misery at Goodison Park.
The defeat was, what many observers believed, United’s worst Premier League display of all time, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologising to supporters after the game.
Such was the nature of the defeat it left the players turning on each other in the aftermath, according to the Daily Mail.
But with United currently sixth, three points off fourth spot, Solskjaer says their only focus must now be to look forward, not back.
“That’s the point – how do we go forward?” said Solskjaer. “That’s what we’ve got to focus on. Have to look back and reflect on what happened.
“The Everton game was one of two really bad games since I came here. That and Wolves, those are the two we were nowhere near the standard we have set.
“We have to bounce back and look forward to two great games, City and Chelsea. This is the main focus, we’re up against one of the best teams in the country, it’s a local derby, we’ve got to be ready.
“It was the best game we could ask for now. The players are hurting. We had a meeting after the game and you can see all the players were really hurt by that performance and the City game is perfect. There is no hiding place on the pitch,” he said.
“Our fans will back you whatever as long as you give that effort against a City side who have been very, very good.”
Solskjaer knows what to expect from a City side chasing back-to-back Premier League titles.
He added: “We have got to be ready for the press and the quality they have got on the ball. When we win it we have got to be ready for their aggression because they will snap at your ankles and heels and kick you.
“They will not allow us easy counter-attacking. There will be fouls, no doubt about it.
“We’ve been here now for about four months and it’s been a great four months, learning all the time.
“It’s about planning forward, how do we get back to where Manchester United want to be, the identity standards, professionalism we’ve set.
“Games like the Everton one happens and the response has to be there. You have to try and provoke or inspire a reaction.
“These players know they let themselves down as individuals, as a team, but it’s about me as well.
“I’m in charge and I’m the one giving instructions how we’re gonna play and it’s my duty to get them performing better than that and I’m sure we’ll get a response.”