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How Erik ten Hag’s Man United can beat Liverpool, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives tactical plan

Erstwhile Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shared tactical insights on how his former club can clinch a win against Liverpool in their forthcoming Premier League clash on Sunday.

Despite his varied results against Liverpool while at Old Trafford, Solskjaer is confident that United can exploit certain weaknesses in the Merseyside team.


The Norwegian strategist points out the potential susceptibility of Liverpool’s midfield, indicating that they can be lured out of their positions.

This, he believes, creates opportunities for United’s swift attackers to capitalize on the spaces left behind, particularly on the counter-attack.

Solkjaer explains how United can beat Liverpool

Acknowledging the Reds’ high-intensity playing style under Jurgen Klopp, the 51-year-old also identifies their susceptibility to counter-attacks, particularly in the absence of Roberto Firmino, who joined Al Ahli last summer.

“With Jurgen, you know what is coming but it is so hard to play against,” Solskjaer told The Athletic as cited by Daily Post.

“But now, with no Firmino, the front three can be out of the game when the ball is lost because there’s no false nine”.

Meanwhile, Ole, who only won one of eight meetings with Liverpool in his managerial career, per Empire of the Kop, expects club captain Bruno Fernandes to play a pivotal role in midfield.

He believes United can replicate past successes against the Reds by adopting a counter-attacking approach, capitalising on opportunities when possession is regained.

Solskjaer emphasises the importance of utilising the pace of players like Marcus Rashford, Rasmus Hojlund, and Alejandro Garnacho, who notched a brace against Chelsea, to exploit Liverpool’s defensive gaps effectively.

“Then Liverpool’s midfield gets pulled out of possession, and that’s where you can utilise the pace of Rashford, Garnacho or Hojlund. [Bruno] Fernandes will have more time on the ball and Liverpool’s defence must drop back.

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