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Solskjaer demands derby reaction from United

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Published on April 23, 2019 - Duration: 01:12s

Solskjaer demands derby reaction from United

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer demands a strong reaction from his team when they face title-chasing Manchester City at Old Trafford.

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Solskjaer demands derby reaction from United

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER SAYING: "Games like the Everon one happens and the response has to be there.

You try to provoke a reaction or inspire a reaction and we haven't had time to work on the pitch with the players that played because you need recovery at this stage of the season as well so it's about changing mindset and making sure our heads are ready because anyone's heads would drop when you lose like that." 2.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER SAYING: "We've got two great games to come into and this one is the first one and the main focus.

We've got one of the best teams in the country at the moment coming.

Of course, it's a local derby, we've got to be ready." 4.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER SAYING: "Well I would like to think so yeah.

I like all these boys, I love them because they are great lads but I've got to make a decision, I've got to manage for the club.

I'm managing the club, I'm managing the players, I help the players but I manage for the club and I'm going to put all my effort, and the staff, we're going to put all efforts into making sure that we do what we think is right for the club." STORY: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has demanded a strong reaction from his team, stunned by their 4-0 loss to Everton, when they face title-chasing Manchester City in Wednesday's (April 24) Premier League derby at Old Trafford.

Much more than local pride is at stake with City knowing they can go top of the standings with a win and United fighting to get into the top four and qualify for next season's Champions League.

United's initial upturn in form after Solskjaer took charge has quickly faded with the team suffering six defeats in their last eight games in all competitions.

Solskjaer had slammed his players and apologised to the club's fans after the meek surrender at Goodison Park but he said the derby is the perfect occasion for a quick bounce back.

"The response has to be there, you have to try and provoke or inspire a reaction and we haven't had time to work on the pitch because you need recovery at this stage of the season so it's about changing mindsets and making sure heads are ready," Solskjaer said at a news conference on Tuesday (April 23).

The Norwegian, who replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho initially on an interim basis in December and was then handed a three year contract last month, has been clear that he intends to make changes to his squad in the close-season.

However, he said he did see promise in some of his current crop.

The 46-year-old said he was well capable of making the tough choices that will be needed at the end of the season.

"I would like to think so, I like all these boys, I love them but I've got to manage for the club," he said.

"I manage for the club and I'm going to put all my effort, and the staff, we're going to put all efforts into making sure that we do what we think is right for the club." (Production: Annette Faydenko)

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