Pep Guardiola furious at Ole Gunnar Solskjaers suggestion that Manchester City will tactically foul Uniteds players – The Telegraph

Pep Guardiola furious at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer\s suggestion that Manchester City will tactically foul United\s players - The Telegraph

Manchester bosses Solskjaer Guardiola at odds over use of tactical fouls

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists many of his players have the club “DNA” after criticism of the sides thrashing at Everton.

Uniteds 4-0 loss at Goodison Park on Sunday was their sixth defeat in their past eight games in all competitions.

“You learn about players. Now is not the time to talk about making wholesale changes,” said Solskjaer on Tuesday.

Manchester United vs Manchester City: Pep Guardiola hits back at Ole Gunnar Solskjaers fouls claim

“You can see the Man Utd DNA in many of these players. We have to get players in and some players will have to go out.”

Solskjaers side are three points behind third-placed Tottenham and fourth-placed Chelsea and two behind fifth-placed Arsenal, and will miss out on Champions League qualification if they end the season in their current position of sixth.

They host local rivals Manchester City on Wednesday at Old Trafford, knowing City will return to the top of the Premier League, above Liverpool, with a victory.

Solskjaer, who apologised to fans for the performance against Everton, says he remains confident he can take the club where they want to go after being appointed on a permanent basis in March.

“I am confident in my team and myself,” he added. “I am ready to take this challenge on. I know it is a big challenge. That is why I came.

“I dont like losing but it is a great challenge. But when you have bad results you have to be confident enough to say this is the way we are going to do it. We are planning ahead – doing what we think is right for the club.

“I like all these boys. I love them. They are great lads. I have to manage for the club. I help the players but I manage for the club. I am putting all my efforts into doing what is right for the club.”

Solskjaer revealed he called a meeting after Sundays defeat, saying his players were “hurting” and “let themselves down”, but insists he remains the one in charge and will not be punishing them.

The Norwegian believes Wednesdays Manchester derby gives his side the “perfect” opportunity to respond, but has warned his players to be ready for Citys “pressing” and “aggression”.

“They will not allow us easy counter-attacking. There will be fouls. No doubt about it because they commit so many players forward and will be stopping us as high as they can.

“There is no hiding place on the pitch. The supporters will back you as long as the effort is there.”

The Manchester United and City players will be trusted to behave themselves off the field — despite the tunnel bust-up which marred their last clash at Old Trafford. 

Following the visitors tempestuous 2-1 victory in December 2017, around 20 players and members of staff were involved in an unseemly melee sparked when then United boss Jose Mourinho complained about a lack of respect from Citys celebrating players. 

However, Sportsmail understands that no police officers will be stationed in the tunnel area for Wednesday nights game. While officers can move in if needed, Uniteds stewards will be entrusted to keep the peace. 

The Portuguese reportedly had water squirted at him, was doused in milk and hit on the head by an empty plastic bottle. After security officers separated the players, police stood outside the dressing rooms. 

Now, with a more mild-tempered Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge of United, it is hoped there will be no repeat. Much has also been made of a desire among some United fans for a City victory to stop Liverpool from winning the title. 

Police have taken that into account but will be taking no chances. For the first time for a derby at Old Trafford, 6ft fences will be in place outside the away turnstiles in an attempt to prevent trouble on the concourse behind the away section, which has often been a flashpoint area. 

The fences have been a success for matches against European sides and in other high-profile domestic fixtures. 

Chief Superintendent Graeme Openshaw, who will be overseeing Greater Manchester Polices operation, said: We are looking forward to another huge footballing occasion for Manchester. Weve been working closely with both clubs to ensure that everyone can enjoy the game in a safe environment.  

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