Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford later today with the unenviable task of ending the Reds’ 18-game winning streak in the Premier League but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has landed a dig in the build up.
The Red Devils have failed to win the league in the five full seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club with 13 championship medals under his arm, but Liverpool’s drought has gone on for far longer.
The Reds have tried and failed to finish top in every season since 1990, which is a run of 27 full campaigns of domestic failure.
“I am sure we will bounce back and win the league,” said Solskjaer, when asked about his side’s poor form of late, before unleashing his thinly-veiled dig at Liverpool.
“And I am sure it won’t be 30 years until the next Premier League that we do win.”
The comment is likely to anger Liverpool fans, who have seen their side reach two Champions League finals in a row, winning the trophy in Madrid earlier this year.
Jurgen Klopp has seen his side rise to be one of the best clubs in world football since taking over in 2015, but the league has evaded them up to now.
Their lead at the top was cut to five points by Manchester City’s win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, with United just one points above the relegation zone in 14th.
“A good performance and result for us here can turn a season,” Solskjaer added.
“It can change players’ confidence, players’ mood, their perception of what is good.
“Maybe they haven’t really believed they are good enough at times.
“With a lack of confidence, you think twice instead of acting on instinct. But I know these players are good enough – no worries about that.
“It is a different way of leading players and being a captain.
“Back in the day, it was straight and to the point.
“We have good, experienced leaders – David [De Gea], Paul [Pogba], Harry [Maguire], Victor [Lindelof].
“But they are leaders in a different way to Roy Keane and Bryan Robson and all those warriors.”