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Solskjaer insists it’s not in Manchester United’s ‘genes’ to play for the draw ahead of UCL decider in Leipzig

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists it is not in Manchester United’s ‘genes’ to play for a draw ahead of their Champions League decider against RB Leipzig this evening.

United will qualify for the knockout stages if they avoid defeat in Germany tonight, with the Red Devils currently leading Group H in a fascinating three-way battle for qualification alongside both Paris Saint-Germain and Leipzig.

All three teams are currently locked together on nine points and a point will be enough to book a place in the last 16 for United, though Solskjaer has dismissed suggestions his side will play for a draw at the Red Bull Arena.

“That’s not in our genes – it’s not in the team’s genes, it’s not in the club’s genes,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference.

United continued their impressive recent domestic form with a 3-1 win at West Ham last weekend, securing their fourth consecutive Premier League victory after coming from behind at the London Stadium.

It was remarkably the fifth time already this season that the Red Devils have come from behind to win on the road, with no Premier League side having gained more points from losing positions in 2020.

Solskjaer played in several Manchester United sides who became famed for securing late comebacks during his own playing career, and has praised the importance of his side’s ability to recover from setbacks.

“I can definitely see those traits coming back, the belief coming back,” Solskjaer said. “I don’t know how many times we’ve come back and how many goals we’ve scored in the last 10 or 15 minutes but it’s a lot and that’s a big difference from last season.

“With the fitness we’re getting, the spirit we’re getting, the pace we have got, it’s great for us knowing that we don’t give up. The character is getting into this team. Man United has a tradition and history and opponents would probably know about that as well. But we’re just working hard to get into people’s heads that might happen so they can’t switch off.”

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