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Solskjaer challenges Manchester United to overtake Man City

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted there is a ‘difference in quality,’ between his side and Man City after tonight’s 2-0 defeat in the Manchester Derby.

Since Manchester United last won the league title back in 2013, it has been Man City who have been one of the most dominant forces in the Premier League, with today’s result putting the Citizens on course to win their third title in six years.

Second half goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane was enough to take Pep Guardiola’s side back above Liverpool at the top of the table, and speaking after the game, United boss Solskjaer urged his side to ‘close the gap and overtake’ their neighbours.

“We got a reaction and in the end we were beaten by a better team. But we got a reaction from fans and players and had a go. You can see the work-rate was there, it wasn’t good enough,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

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“There is a difference in quality. That is why they are top and we are where we are. They have set the standard. Living in Manchester we cannot be happy with that. It is up to us to close that gap and overtake them.

“Today you can’t say that any of them didn’t run. You could see clearly an intent and focus. We just need to keep working on it.

“City want to win it back and by their aggression to win it back there will be fouls. They keep the ball high and are hungry to win it back. They stopped us very well.

“David [De Gea] made some terrific saves as well today. It is every day work for everyone. He has high standards. When we are having a time like this we need to stick together, batten the hatches down and keep working. We have to come back fighting on Sunday.”