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Man United's Rashford 'probably' not ready for Liverpool showdown - Solskjaer

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Rhonda Reese | 19 January, 2020, 00:26

"United has been away from home this season, so bad, so weak".

With that in mind, the 1999 Treble victor can not see former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer asking his board for more defensive funds.

Nearly three months later the two teams meet again Liverpool looking to keep their tight grip on the title and United trying to crack the top four of the premiere league standings.

Season on season, Klopp has lifted Liverpool a step closer to their first Premier League crown, finishing eighth in his first term, fourth in the following two campaigns, before a remarkable runners-up spot on 97 points last season.

United took up the torch to win the title in 13 of the first 21 Premier League seasons, but have slipped from the summit since Ferguson's title-winning departure almost seven years ago.

United remain in the hunt for a top-four finish this season, but continue to struggle for consistency. "We have made a few good decisions and that is why we have got better and our players are getting better, that is why we are coming up", he added.

"We have worked in the counterattack since I became a manager because that is Manchester United", Solskjaer said after a surprising victory at Manchester City last month, forged to use that lightning speed in the attack.

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"Obviously, if someone is doing very well, okay, but I would prefer to motivate myself and ourselves from within, which I think is better in the long-term".

The problem for United is Solskjaer's rebuild is just the latest of many that have so far failed since Ferguson retired in 2013. He will only want to help the club and improve as a player.

The coach also believes that the club has more surprising rivals.

Ferguson led United to 13 Premier League titles, a run that began in 1992-93 and ended 20 years later. "It is now more likely that the other clubs will compete for different things because of the financial power of a lot of teams", Goal.com quoted Klopp as saying.

Mauricio Pochettino was United's primary target when Mourinho was sacked just over a year ago, but the Argentine was contracted to Tottenham at the time.

Goalkeeper: David De Gea was given a rest for United's FA Cup third round reply win over Wolves in midweek so the Spaniard will be recalled against Liverpool with Sergio Romero dropping to the bench.

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