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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Manchester United players not to be ‘conned’ by any gamesmanship against Tottenham on Sunday. Tottenham beat United 6-1 at Old Trafford in October. United have only lost twice in the league since they were routed by Spurs.
“The biggest thing we’ve improved on is our fitness levels because we were way short of what they were at,” Solskjaer said. “It was our third game (in the Premier League), was it? Third game and we didn’t look anything like [we should do].
“And we got conned into a red card, and that’s something that we have to be aware of. We can’t react like this because we know in games there’ll be situations where we’ll be wound up. We’ve learned a lot from that and I’m sure we’ll have a better performance this time around.”
“I think the players will remember that game with a lot of pain and their pride has been hurt, our professional pride has been hurt. The way and the manner we lost is not ourselves and we know that.
“We gave ourselves a difficult game by having 10 men. Pre-season was short and we weren’t up to the standard required, but we were so poor and I’m pretty sure we’ll see some players wanting to prove that we’re better than that.”
The game will take place on Sunday, April 11 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.