Manchester United face Everton this weekend as they look to continue their impressive form after thrashing Southampton 9-0 on Tuesday night. The Red Devils go into the game against Carlo Ancelotti’s side as the favourites, and are looking to keep the pace with Premier League leaders Manchester City.
United are just three points behind the Premier League table-toppers, who have a game in hand.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were ruthless against Southampton, and took advantage of the Saints going down to nine men.
They go into Saturday evening’s game against Everton with the chance to go ahead of City, who play Liverpool on Sunday.
But they’ll have a difficult game ahead of them, with the Toffees looking to continue their resurgence following an embarrassing defeat to Everton last week.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Solskjaer admitted it’ll be a “battle” against Ancelotti’s side.
The Norwegian heaped praise on the former Real Madrid manager and admitted it’s always tough to go up against him.
“He’s a manager that you really look up to and respect,” Solskjaer said.
“He’s a winner everywhere he’s been, he’s influenced PSG, what he started there, what he’s done at AC Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid, you can see that at Everton as well. He started the season fantastically, won last four away games, a team you know you’re in for a battle when you play against.”
Solskjaer also discussed the 3-2 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup, and expressed he felt his side improved for the experience of beating the Premier League champions.
“You’ve gotta take the good with the good and the bad with the bad sometimes,” he said.
“What the boys took is we did the right things, we kept good habits, no one will get carried away with the scoreline, we played against 10 men for the full game and that’s demoralising when they lose players like they did.
“When we got 2-0 the game was more or less over and we’ve not mentioned the game, all the focus on Everton.”