Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskajaer has told his boys to douse Liverpool’s forward Mohammed Salah brazing intelligence against their Sunday’s game at Old Trafford.
Solskajaer believes that the Egyptian international is likely to contribute to his team’s good result, having made a game-winning contribution, after scoring 12 goals in 11 games this season.
Although Solskjaer said he would side with Cristiano Ronaldo in any debate about who is the best player in the world, his admiration for Salah shone through.
“I’ll always back Cristiano in any competition. He’s unique and his goalscoring record has been fantastic and he keeps on scoring,” Solskjaer said.
“But that being said, Salah at the moment is on fire. You’ve seen some of the goals he’s scored lately. We know we need to be at our best to defend against him.
“Players like this don’t come around very often and we’ve got to enjoy them when we watch them – from afar, not on Sunday, that’s too close for me.”
Having judged from his contributions and performance in the past, especially in Watford and Manchester City’s game, Salah is not a fire to be reckoned with.
“So we’ve got to do a good job, but not just against him,” Solskjaer said. “I’m a big admirer of the frontline they’ve had for many, many years now, with [Sadio] Mane and [Roberto] Firmino. Maybe [Diogo] Jota will play, who knows?
“They’re players you have to focus on and you’ve got to be nailed on for 95 minutes to keep a clean sheet.
“When you play against a team at the level of Liverpool at the moment, they’re on a great run of form, with some individuals’ skills that you cannot almost defend against. But as a team we need to be compact, we need to be aggressive, we need to go out there and give every drop of nous and knowledge, strong mindset and physical energy.
“It’s going to take everything to get results against the best teams in Europe and the world, and Liverpool are one of them at the moment.” he concluded.