Date: 25th October 2019 at 1:42pm
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Daniel Farke welcomes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Manchester United team to Carrow Road this Sunday, with the City boss wanting the Canary nation to create another magic night, similar to the atmosphere that helped defeat the other team in Manchester.

On that particular evening back in September, every successful tackle, every header, every pass was cheered exuberantly in an incredible atmosphere that I can’t ever really remember feeling or being part of before at Carrow Road.

Despite the Red Devils’ below par start to the season, they still have a multi-million pound squad that is packed with international players and although results clearly haven’t been good enough for a club of their stature, you get the feeling that they are more than capable of beating anyone on their day.

Last weekend against Liverpool, they were only minutes away from winning the game and that came on the back of losing a player to injury in the warm-up and then having to change formation as well, all just 20 minutes before kick-off.

This, of course, is hardly news to Daniel Farke who is very respectful and wary of Sunday’s opposition, as he explained in Friday’s lunchtime presser at Colney.

De Gea is a world class keeper, rested just for this game! Maguire is one of the best centre backs in the world. Pogba one of the best holding midfielders. Martial, Rashford, James, Lingard… so many good options and top class players. We’re not naive about that. 

You have to be prepared for formation changes. Their setup was a boost for the confidence, winning a point against Liverpool. They looked solid and compact and got a clean sheet in Europe.

We created a magic night against Man City. We can’t take it as a given to repeat that on a weekly basis but we are trying to be outstanding with our performances. The atmosphere has to be like a cup game, a do or die game.

If someone makes a successful tackle the whole stadium has to be buzzing. We need that mood or we have no chance.

In terms of injury news, there isn’t much new to report other than Ralf Fahrmann is back in training, although this game will come too soon for him. The same goes for Mario Vrancic, who continues to build up his fitness.

Onel Hernandez felt a reaction in his knee during the week but is expected to be fit enough to be in the squad, as is Tom Trybull, who played almost all of the second half against Bournemouth when Ben Godfrey had to come off. Whatever was ailing Godfrey has healed though and he is available to face United.

The City Head-Coach also had a few words to say about the passing of club legend, Duncan Forbes on Thursday.

A period of silence will precede Sunday’s match while both sides will wear black armbands as a mark of respect to big Dunc. RIP.

OTBC

 
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