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Solskjaer demands derby reaction from 'hurt' United

Solskjaer demands derby reaction from 'hurt' United

"I want them to be the hardest working team, that's what we were under Sir Alex (Ferguson)".

"But I don't think it will be successful because we don't do it".

"We have no influence on that, but they are still playing for Champions League football and they need to get a result".

Solskjaer has warned United to prepare for an aggressive approach from their neighbours - and fears the champions will be out to literally kick them while they're down.

But Manchester City will take a one-point advantage by winning their game in hand on Wednesday.

Privately City are understood to be surprised at Solskjær, the view being the United manager has failed to do his homework regarding the regularity of the fouls. We had a meeting after the game and you can see all the players were really hurt by that performance and the City game is ideal. "Maybe in the press conference after the game you can ask him again about that".

But, it isn't the first time.

Though a win will do wonders for Manchester United's top four hopes, Solskjaer may look to frustrate rivals Man City in order to avoid defeat - knowing a win over Chelsea could keep the Red Devils in the race.

Solskjaer questioned the work rate and desire of some of his players on Sunday, making it clear that big changes are needed.

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In the final weeks of the 2011/12 Premier League season, Manchester City won the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium in a game which ultimately shaped the destination of the title - with the citizens finishing ahead of their rivals on goal difference. We can't change the whole squad - it's got to be one step at a time.' Solskjaer's pointed comments hinted at a summer overhaul and the manager met with assistant Mike Phelan on Monday to discuss upcoming transfer plans.

"For one specific game, they would be unsafe". It will take a fearless person to made a definitive prediction as to who will ultimately claim this season's Premier League trophy, but we will know a lot more come Wednesday night.

"There's always a crisis at Man United whenever you lose a game or two". You have to make a good pre-season.

Notably, United could only manage one shot on target in the entire match, while immature passes ruined United's momentum.

"We just need to win the rest of our games", Milner said.

"But we will have to get some in and some will have to go out".

Even by the rarified atmosphere of Manchester derbies, there will seldom have been so much on the line for both sides of the city when Manchester United host Manchester City on Wednesday.

According to Opta, City have conceded 170 free-kicks, excluding off-sides, in the opposition half so far this season. However, he said he did see promise in some of his current crop.


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