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Solskjaer insists Manchester United are in a ‘good’ mood and are ‘looking forward’ to Liverpool clash

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits his side are in ‘good’ mood ahead of this weekend’s crunch clash with rivals Liverpool.

United head into Sunday’s clash with their Merseyside rivals having endured their worst start to a season in 30 years, Solskjaer’s side currently languishing in the bottom half having won just twice in their opening eight fixtures, leaving them two points above the drop zone.

By contrast, this weekend’s opponents have enjoyed a flawless start to their Premier League campaign, winning eight successive fixtures to open up an eight-point advantage at the top of the division.

Despite the two side’s contrasting fortunes, Solskjaer admits his side are ‘looking forward’ to facing Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders and insists his players are relishing the occasion.

“They are doing well in the league. We are looking forward to this game,” the Manchester United boss said at his pre-match press conference.

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“I think it’s a perfect game for our players and for our fans. We’ve had a tough, difficult time recently but we’ll give them a good game.”

United’s task will be made more difficult by the absences of Paul Pogba and David de Gea, the latter having picked up a groin injury whilst on international duty with Spain.

Solskjaer has insisted that his players are in a positive mood, adding that his side have a chance to make history should they deliver in English football’s biggest fixture.

“There’s been loads of players away – that’s been the case for everyone. But the mood here is always good,” the Norwegian said.

“We’ve come along way with the culture and the environment that we’re working in.

“And it’s a positive one, it’s working toward something. The staff and the players know when it’s Liverpool coming up, it’s a game that’s going to be watched by so many and when you sign for Manchester United this is the first game you look forward to.

“It’s a chance, as I did a couple of times, to get in the history books because if you can score a winner against Liverpool that’s always going to be there with them.”

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