Manchester United 'striving' to emulate Liverpool's recent success, says Solskjaer

In five league matches against Klopp's Liverpool, Solskjaer is a loser
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United's boss, says that his team is "striving" for Liverpool's success in the last four years. The rivals will meet at Old Trafford this Sunday.

Since United's last trophy in 2017, the Europa League, Liverpool has won the Champions League as well as the Premier League.

Solskjaer has yet to defeat the Reds as United boss.

He said, "It's going be difficult to get a win against one of Europe's best teams and the world."

Liverpool is one of them. We are trying to catch them because of what they have done over the past four years.

"We finished above them last season but they suffered a terrible spell of injuries. Now they are back at their best."

After five wins and three draws in their first eight matches, Liverpool is the only Premier League team without a loss.

United is four points behind Jurgen Klopp's team, having only taken one point in their three previous league games.

Solskjaer stated that a performance must include 90 minutes of attacking and defense against a Liverpool team.

"At the moment, they are in a great run with some individual skills you can almost defend against. But as a team, we need to be compacted and aggressive."

Atalanta's return can ignite'something big.

Ronaldo's late header was the final piece of United's spirited fightback in their 3-2 victory over Atalanta

Solskjaer's position was under scrutiny after United, which suffered a Carabao Cup defeat at the hands West Ham, took one point from league matches with Everton, Aston Villa and Leicester.

After a stunning second-half comeback, United lost 2-0 to Atalanta in the Champions League Group F match. This put the Norwegian in serious danger.

Solskjaer said that he hopes that the result will signal the beginning of "something great" before facing a difficult period in which United will face Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City in their next four matches.

When asked about Wednesday's return, the 50-year old said that it was something he had done many times at the club.

"It's in the DNA of our team, it's never give up, Sir Alex's documentary" - That's what our fans expect of us. To give all you have and give your best, you can win or lose, but you come out having given all and knowing that there's a team out.

"I saw a team [against Atalanta] in the first half that gave everything to each other, but half-time was needed to perhaps push that belief a bit more.

"We believed in what we were doing. It's hoped that it will be the end of a difficult period, or a bad spell.

"Teams go through bad spells, but good teams come together, and hopefully this can lead to something great."

Solskjaer will always support Ronaldo

Salah has already scored 12 goals this season, two of which were against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday

United has only kept one clean sheet across all competitions this season. On Sunday, Liverpool's in-form forward Mohamed Salah will likely give their defense a hard time.

Reds boss Klopp stated that they are both world-class players when asked about the comparisons between United forward Cristiano Ronaldo and the Egyptian.

Salah scored 12 goals in 11 matches this season, with Ronaldo scoring six times in eight. Solskjaer stated that he would support Portugal forward in any competition.

"His [Ronaldo] goal scoring record is amazing and he just keeps scoring. Salah is on fire at the moment.

"You can see some of his goals lately. We are aware that we must defend him at all costs.

"You know, players such as this don't happen very often so we have to appreciate them from afar. Not on Sundays, that's too close.