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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rejected suggestions that he could prepare his side for a draw in Tuesday’s crucial Champions League tie with RB Leipzig.
The Red Devils are currently at the top of the group on goal difference, with Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain also with nine points. A draw against the German team would be enough to ensure United qualify for the next round, as United will have a better head-to-head record.
If he loses to the team currently third in the Bundesliga, he will face elimination. PSG will face Istanbul Basaksehir in the other match on Tuesday night.
With so much at stake in the game, there were suggestions that United boss Solskjaer might be better off just looking for a point, but he insisted that this is not how he does things.
“Sit back and wait for a 0-0 draw? That’s not in our genes, it’s not in the team’s genes, it’s not in the club’s genes,” Solskjaer said (via The Telegraph).
Even if United are left behind, Solskjaer insisted that he would not be concerned, as his team has shown a real desire to come back and win games this season. The victories over Brighton, Newcastle, Everton, Southampton and West Ham come from lost positions.
“I can definitely see those traits coming back, the belief coming back,” Solskjaer said. “I don’t know how many times we have returned and how many goals we have scored in the last ten or 15 minutes but it is a lot and that is a big difference compared to last season.
“With the physical condition that we are obtaining, the spirit that we are acquiring, the rhythm that we have, it is great for us to know that we do not give up. The character is getting into this team. Man Utd has a tradition and history and the opponents probably know it too. But we are working hard so that people can think that that could happen so that they cannot disconnect. “
While Solskjaer is confident that the club’s history will play out in his hands, there is one memory that will leave some United fans worried.
Five years ago, Louis van Gaal’s United were knocked out of the Champions League group stage after losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg in Germany in the final match of the round, so fans are hoping that the history does not repeat itself. here.
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