Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he is ‘excited’ by the prospect of Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool this weekend but has downplayed the game’s importance when it comes to the title race.
United travel to face the Premier League champions this weekend having replaced Liverpool at the top of the division, the Red Devils’ 1-0 win at Burnley in midweek moving them three points clear ahead of a huge clash at Anfield.
Victory against a Liverpool side unbeaten in the Premier League for almost four years on home soil will be the clearest indication yet that Solskjaer’s side are genuine title contenders, United having failed to contest for the title since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
Solskjaer admits he is relishing the prospect of his side testing themselves on Merseyside this weekend, though warned that ‘form goes out of the window’ when it comes to clashes between the two rivals.
However, the Norwegian insists the result will have little bearing on the remainder of the season despite United – currently unbeaten in 11 league fixtures – having an opportunity to move six points clear of the defending champions.
“You are always excited when you are going to play against teams of that quality,” said Solskjaer at his pre-match press conference.
“Form goes out of the window and it doesn’t matter. When you go to Anfield, it’s a big game for the club, the players and the fans. I’m looking forward to it.
“You don’t get anything for being at the top of the league in January. It’s not ever something we have valued. It’s where you end up at the end of the season that matters.”