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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that the Manchester United dressing room is being “propelled to success” by Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba.
United top the Premier League table with 40 points, six ahead of defending champion Liverpool, whom Solskjaer’s side face in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, seven days after a 0-0 draw at Anfield.
Liverpool has been eliminated from the FA Cup by United more than any other opponent in the competition’s history, although the Red Devils have lost two of their last three to the Reds in the competition.
An integral part of United’s recent success has been the form of Fernandes, who has scored 19 league goals and created a further 14 of 33 top flight appearances since arriving from Sporting CP last year.
Veteran activist Cavani, meanwhile, has scored five times in all competitions since arriving as a free agent in October, while United club’s record signing Pogba has enjoyed a resurgence after a difficult start to the campaign, and scored a magnificent win against Fulham last time. outside.
Encouraged by the performances of Fernandes, Cavani and Pogba, Solskjaer sees his team have undergone a drastic change in mindset, comparing the influence of the trio to that of former United teammates Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs.
“I think that goes through the whole team and that’s part of my thinking when you bring in players,” Solskjaer said at a press conference.
“You don’t just bring in great talents, you research their character as much as you can to have the right types.
“Because there are always players who think ‘there is a game next week and I will still receive my salary. That’s the mindset we had to get away from.
“I wanted the players to come here to push the limits, the levels and advance from within. It can’t just come from outside. With players like Bruno, Edinson and Paul Pogba, I feel like I have a locker room that is geared towards success. That makes my job easier, 100%.
68 – Since Bruno Fernandes’ debut in the Premier League with Man Utd in February 2020, the Red Devils have won at least six more points than any other team, with the Portuguese international taking part in 33 of his 64 goals during this time (19 goals, 14 assists). Catalyst. #LIVMNU pic.twitter.com/MbatnEPH5P
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“When you say what you say, you have to walk the path. We had players here when I played – Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs – they followed him.
“When they spoke, you knew you didn’t have a leg to stand on to argue, because you knew they did it every day.
“That is what we need from our players. Many of us in the game have been in locker rooms where people talk, but do you think what you’re talking about?
“They talk like they talk, but they don’t really do what they do. But the players we are talking about, Pogba, Cavani and Bruno, have been there, they know what is needed and they demand it from their teammates ”.
The omens are good for United ahead of Sunday’s encounter with bitter rivals, who have reached the FA Cup fifth round only once during Jurgen Klopp’s tenure.
United are also undefeated in their last seven home games against Liverpool in all competitions (3 wins, 4 draws) since a 3-0 loss in March 2014. They had a longer unbeaten streak against the Reds at Old Trafford between 1990 and 2000 (12 games). .