Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he views Jurgen Klopp’s comments about Manchester United taking a defensive approach against Liverpool as a “compliment”.
United claimed a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against the Reds back in October.
It is the only time Liverpool have dropped points so far this season in the league – and after the game, Klopp discussed the tactics on show from United.
The German said: “We stopped ourselves. But of course United defended really well and then had the speed with Daniel James and Marcus Rashford.
“They chip the ball in behind and then the race is on. That’s not cool. We defended that OK, but we should have played much better football. That’s what we expect of ourselves. That’s no criticism or judgement of United, it’s just about ourselves.
“It doesn’t frustrate me. I’m not the person who should be concerned about this style [from United].
“It’s just a fact that when we come here, they just defend. It’s OK, no criticism, it’s just a fact.”
Speaking in his press conference today ahead of the Anfield showdown on Sunday, Solskjaer gave his own take on Klopp’s perspective.
He said: “I don’t think it’s an accusation, I take it as a compliment we’ve defended so well.
“When the opposition manager is frustrated that’s a good sign our boys have done well.
“I think we’ve been closest to winning both games [1-1 draw this season and 0-0 draw last term] so I don’t know what the problem has been.”
Solskjaer also confirmed Harry Maguire is the new United captain with Ashley Young set to leave for Inter Milan.
And he indicated Marcus Rashford is unlikely to win his fitness battle to be ready for Sunday after suffering an injury against Wolves on Wednesday.