Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still thinks that Manchester United are the biggest club within the City of Manchester, and is determined to overhaul Man City’s current dominance.
Ever since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013, Man City have consistently been ahead of United in the Premier League, the arrival of Pep Guardiola in 2016 only strengthening City’s dominance.
The Blue side of the City may still be a long way behind United’s historic trophy haul, though they have won three of the last six editions of the Premier League, winning an unprecedented domestic treble last season too, while they have closed the gap significantly in financial terms also thanks to their Abu Dhabi billions.
However, speaking at his press conference ahead of today’s latest Manchester Derby at the Etihad, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that he will not give up on his ambition to steer the Red Devils back above the Citizens.
“I don’t agree,” said Solskjaer. “What are you gonna do? Are you gonna give up? Not challenge them? No. City’s level is what we’ve got to get back to.”
However, while previous Manchester United managers have splashed the cash on the likes of Angel Di Maria, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in order to bridge the gap to their rivals – all who have since left the club – Solskjaer is intent on doing it his way.
“Do I look like I’m gonna spend hundreds of millions of pounds on players we’re not sure of?
“As I said, we need to rebuild, we need to change the culture. You want the culture with that hunger and selflessness that most of these players are showing.
“You’ve got the McTominays and Rashfords and Lingards, the players who know what Man United is. So you don’t deviate from a plan that you have set out.
“You believe in what you’re doing behind the scenes, believe in the players, believe in the coaching staff and, of course, believe we’re gonna add to this squad with some very good players.”
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