Solskjaer aiming to turn ‘doubt into belief’ with Manchester Derby victory

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is aiming to turn ‘doubt into belief’ as he prepares for a huge Manchester derby meeting at the Etihad this weekend.

United make the short journey to face Manchester City looking to continue their momentum after beating Tottenham in midweek, though head into the contest as rank underdogs against the back-to-back Premier League champions.

Solskjaer admits his side face a significant task in securing a result, but says he wants his Man Utd to take confidence from their midweek performance against Spurs as they bid to earn local bragging rights.

“We’re going away against arguably the best team in England,” Solskjaer told his pre-match presser.

“It will be a difficult game but we need consistency. Before everyone was doom and gloom but it’s a chance to turn that doubt into belief and if we can manage to get another performance, the confidence, the way we played against Tottenham, then we can come out of it with a result.

“People say ‘why do you not have better results in other games’ but the Premier League is hard, no matter who you play. It’s margins. I think it’s a compliment to the league. You’ve got City, Liverpool and Leicester being consistent but the other games are really tight.”

United currently sit sixth in the Premier League following their win over Spurs, though the club remain eight-points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the race to secure Champions League qualification.

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