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24th Apr 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer switches location of training prior to Manchester derby

Solskjaer wanted to give his players a history lesson

Darragh Murphy

A change in approach ahead of the final Manchester derby of the season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is willing to try anything to reverse Manchester United’s recent downturn in form.

The honeymoon period definitely appears to be over for Solskjaer after making an instant impact as Jose Mourinho’s successor and he is now coming to terms with the pressures and challenges of managing one of the biggest teams in the world on a permanent basis.

United have lost four of their last five games in all competitions but their next outing will have a significant effect on the outcome of the Premier League title race between arch-rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

The Red Devils host City on Wednesday night and ahead of the last Manchester derby of the season, Solskjaer has decided to mix things up in an attempt to motivate his squad.

Manchester Evening News reports that Solskjaer brought his side to United’s old training ground, The Cliff, for the final training session before the derby in the hope that they will be inspired by the location at which Sir Alex Ferguson’s great sides of the 1990s trained.

United have trained at Carrington since 2000 but Solskjaer was determined to give his players a history lesson in what is expected of Manchester United teams by bringing them to The Cliff on Wednesday morning.

Off the back of Sunday’s humiliating defeat to Everton, Solskjaer confirmed to Sky Sports that “of course there will be consequences.”

“We’re not going to see the same team.

“We had a plan before the (Everton) game how we’re going to look against City anyway and some decisions would have to wait.

“We had a plan anyway and those two plans (Everton and City) weren’t the same.”