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Solskjaer insists Manchester United are still ‘the biggest club in the world’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United are still ‘the biggest club in the world’ as he prepares his side to meet rivals Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals this tonight.

The Manchester rivals meet in the first leg of their last four encounter at Old Trafford this evening, with the two sides having enjoyed mixed fortunes in recent seasons.

United are historically the most successful side in English football but have declined since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson six-and-a-half years ago, with rivals City emerging as a major force over the past decade and winning a host of major silverware, including back-to-back Premier League titles over the past two campaigns and an unprecedented domestic treble last season.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s huge clash, Solskjaer said he is confident his side can begin to readdress the power shift in the city before re-establishing themselves as contenders in England and in Europe, despite the clubs current slump.

“It is a different time. When the owners came in at City you knew they were going to go for it,” he said.

“I’m never surprised by anything in football and with what they have done they deserve to be where they are.

“We are still in our own heads the biggest club in the world so of course, we want to get back to where we were. It’s going to take time.

“You have to go for it at this club, that’s what we are here for, to take on the challenges that are given to us.

“We are Man United. We have been up and we’ve been down but we’ve always come back.”

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