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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United will play to win when they face RB Leipzig in their final Champions League group match.
United travel to Germany knowing that a draw would be enough to qualify for the round of 16. However, that would not be an ideal setting for their opponents, who will be ready to offer a great challenge to the Red Devils.
Therefore, United will have to be vigilant if they want to qualify, and Solskjaer believes they should only focus on themselves.
The United manager knows the size of the task ahead, but insists his team is strong enough to overcome the challenge and reach the round of 16.
“Knockout games, or games like this, are great,” he said.
“The players are here. They are United players because they have the qualities we are looking for.
“These are the games we look forward to. We never make it easy! We do it hard by ourselves, that’s been since I played. “
United and Leipzig enter the game with the same number of points, but with the Premier League team with the best head-to-head record. Therefore, anything other than defeat would get them through.
Solskjaer is convinced that United will not play for a shutout, promising a similar approach to the one they showed against PSG, who are also tied on points with them.
“You have to get close to the game, anything can happen,” Solskjaer added. “You cannot sit back and wait for a null draw. That is not in our genes.
“We showed PSG that we wanted to win, we will do it again.”
United will gain confidence in the second leg against Leipzig, they won 5-0. Solskjaer doesn’t expect the score to be that wide this time, but he hopes he can replicate that kind of performance.
“You can’t ignore it,” he said of their last meeting. “We remember him fondly, because we did many things well.
“We have prepared well and we know RB Leipzig well enough to know that they are unpredictable.”
Solskjaer welcomes duo
Solskjaer will be bolstered by the return of goalkeeper David De Gea and left-back Luke Shaw. However, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial remain out with minor injuries.
“David is traveling, Luke is traveling,” he confirmed. “Edinson and Anthony only have little complaints, but they won’t make the trip.”
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Another encouraging factor for Solskjaer will be the return to form of Mason Greenwood, who scored his first goal of the season in the Premier League against West Ham at the weekend.
After a difficult period, Solskjaer is eager to see the young forward kick from here.
“Mason is a very talented forward, one of the best I’ve ever worked on,” he enthused. “He creates chances for himself and we have a great chance to score goals.
“He will only get better with the people on the team and it is exciting to work with him.”
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