Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has fired the first jibe ahead of their weekend derby with Manchester City.
Man City head into the clash as reigning Premier League champions, though Solskjaer could not resists a dig at his opponents’ previous misfortunes and says his side will be ready for a fiercely competitive meeting.
“At least we play every year now. It took many years for me to play my first (Manchester Derby),” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference.
“It’s changed in a way; Manchester City is a better team now than when I was playing. Football has changed quite a lot; you were allowed a few more proper tackles with every little angle. With everything being scrutinized now it’s more of a technical, tactical game than physical or mental. A derby should be played as a derby, we don’t play basketball and we’re ready if that happens.”
The Manchester rivals will meet for the 179th time on Saturday evening, the two club’s fortunes have drastically changed over the course of the past decade.
United head into the fixture currently sitting sixth in the Premier League following Wednesday night’s victory over Tottenham, whilst City sit third after beating Burnley at Turf Moor in midweek.