Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Claims Derby Win Can Help Man Utd 'Close the Gap' With Rivals City

​Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his side can 'close the gap' with rivals City by doing the double over them this season - something that hasn't been done in a decade.

United won the first Manchester derby of the season thanks to first-half goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial at the Etihad, although Solskjaer's side ended up being second best when both teams met in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

Manchester United haven't done the double over City since the 2010/11 season, but Solskjaer believes ending that 10-year run this season could help the club close the gap with their trophy-laden neighbours.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

"That stat is not nice to hear," Solskjaer said, quoted by the Mirror. "And it’s one of our ­challenges to close this gap, win our ­individual ­battles and win more games against them.

"Of course, every game against City is massive.

"But we have shown we can compete with them on a given day. And with what we are doing to the squad, building the squad, I think we will get that ­consistency.

"That will help us challenge for trophies as well as closing the gap in the league table as well."

If United do want to end their 10-year wait for a double over City, they'll have to end a poor run of form at home to their local rivals.

The club have picked up three points against Manchester City just once in the last nine years, losing six of their last eight Premier League meetings at Old Trafford.

Bernardo Silva

A win for United would see them move into fourth place, ahead of Chelsea on goal difference, but defeat could actually move the club out of the European places altogether - depending on Arsenal's game in hand against Manchester City on Wednesday.

Sunday's game will also be a chance for Sergio Agüero to enter the history books as the highest-scoring player in the fixture's history, currently sitting two goals behind Wayne Rooney (11).

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Source : 90min