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Solskjaer wary of ‘unpredictable’ Leipzig ahead of crunch UCL encounter

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he is wary of the ‘unpredictable’ threat of RB Leipzig ahead of Manchester United’s crucial Champions League encounter against the Bundesliga side.

United travel to face Leipzig tomorrow evening in a huge clash at the Red Bull Arena, with both sides needing a result to ensure their place in the Champions League’s knockout stages.

Solskjaer’s side currently sit top of Group H in a fascinating three-way battle for qualification, level on points with both Paris Saint-Germain and Leipzig ahead of the final fixtures of the group stage.

United missed the opportunity to secure their place in the draw for the last 16 after losing at home to PSG last week, though will reach the knockout stages if they avoid defeat to Leipzig tomorrow evening.

Leipzig will also be assured of their place in the next round if they emerge victorious, and will be looking to avenge a 5-0 thrashing at Old Trafford earlier in the competition.

Solskjaer admits the reverse fixture is a clash his side ‘remember fondly’ following an impressive team performance that saw Marcus Rashford score a hat-trick, though admits he is wary of the threat posed by a Leipzig side ‘unpredictable’ in their shape and system.

“It’s a game we will remember fondly because we did many things right. We also need to correct a few wrongs we had,” said Solskjaer at his pre-match press conference.

“We know Leipzig well enough to know they are unpredictable in their shape and their systems. We know it is going to be a tough game and we need to be at our best.”

United head to Germany in encouraging form having won their past four Premier League fixtures in succession, including a comeback victory at West Ham last weekend.

Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford came off the substitutes’ bench to help inspire a fightback at the London Stadium, a trademark that Solskjaer says has been part of Red Devils’ sides since his own playing career at Old Trafford.

“It is a tradition for Man Utd,” said Solskjaer. “We never make it easy for ourselves. That has been the case since I played.”

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