Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s brutal Gary Neville putdown ahead of Liverpool tie

Man Utd: Solskjaer confident forwards can be match for all

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brutally put Gary Neville down in amusing fashion ahead of his side’s FA Cup showdown with Liverpool on Sunday. The Red Devils lock horns with their Merseyside rivals looking to book their place in the fifth round of the competition. And, if they do, they’ll become one of the favourites to win the prestigious trophy.

Solskjaer played alongside Neville during his career as a striker, helping United win the Premier League title six times.

And he’s brutally put his former team-mate down in an amusing interview with Sony Sports.

When asked whether he’d rather bet on scoring a last minute winner out of Gary and his brother Phil, he went with the latter.

And he explained his decision by saying: “Phil. Definitely not Gary.

“Gary he’d be about 30 yards out, cut inside on his left and have a strike on his left foot.

“Sir Alex [Ferguson] gave him the hairdryer quite a few times for that one.”

Solskjaer also revealed he wouldn’t be worried about facing a tackle from Roy Keane – or getting the infamous Ferguson hairdryer treatment.

“I don’t worry about any of those really,” he said.

“I’d ride Roy’s tackles and I’ve had a couple of the hairdryers. I’m still alive.”

And when asked if he’d rather party with Eric Cantona or Dwight Yorke, he opted to go with the Frenchman – recalling a night out from many years ago.

“Ooh ah Cantona yeah,” he said.

“We had a party after he played his last game for United and it lasted until early morning.

“We left but he never told me, he never told us, he’d retired.”

In his pre-match interview with MUTV, Solskjaer claimed his squad are happy in the aftermath of their 2-1 win over Fulham in midweek.

That saw the Red Devils return to the top of the Premier League table, having been leapfrogged by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City hours earlier.

And Solskjaer said: “As you expect when you win a game, everybody’s happy.

“We had to have a day off, or we gave them Thursday off because we didn’t get back until three or four in the morning.

“We had to drive up instead of flying up, the runway was closed. So it was a change of plans on the travel back.

“They enjoyed the day off and today [Friday] everyone was back and smiling.”

Solskjaer feels it would be wrong to write off Liverpool, too, despite Jurgen Klopp’s team faltering at present.

“They’re still playing well,” added the Norwegian.

“I said it was the best time to meet them last week. That was of no disrespect to them, it was because it was the best time for us.

“We are in good form, we are in a great mode of confidence and momentum and we felt we could have won the away game.

“They will want to go through in the cup as well. They’re a few points behind us in the league but they’re still a top team.”

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