Manchester United are not going into the Manchester derby in good form.
We laboured to a draw away to Crystal Palace on Wednesday night and have now been held in six of our last 10 Premier League matches.
City, on the other hand, continued their remarkable run in midweek when they beat Wolves 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Ahead of the game Solskjaer has been why United’s form has dropped. A question no manager likes being asked I’m sure.
“It comes from everyone,” the manager said, as per Manchester Evening News. “We’ve had a week without scoring a week, it’s not like we had six weeks with no form. We beat Sociedad 4-0, Southampton 9-0.
“It’s also the opposition. But I’m not buying into the narrative that we’ve had a dip in form. Three 0-0’s isn’t really us but we’ve just looked a bit of spark. I don’t buy the out of form one.”
The pressure builds because next up is a team not many fans fancy us to beat.
We should be in a much stronger position – more points clear of Leicester City at the very least – but we’re stuck and, like Gary Neville says, on the verge of sleepwalking into a top four race.
It’s time to wake up and ensure that United are playing in the Champions League next season with second spot sewn up.
Beating City this weekend would be the right way to rectify our record against the big six this season.
Something has to change.