Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that resilience is part of Man Utd’s DNA, and that he hopes their comeback against Atalanta is the start of ‘something big’.
United beat the Serie A side 3-2 after being two goals down at half-time in the Champions League on Wednesday, with Cristiano Ronaldo rounding off a memorable night at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer, who scored United’s iconic winner in their most famous comeback of all time back in 1999, says that kind of spirit is what the club is about.
“It’s something we have done plenty of times at the club,” he told a pre-match press conference ahead of facing Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.
“It’s in our DNA. It’s ‘Never Give In’, [the title of] Sir Alex’s documentary. That’s what our fans expect from us, to give our best all the time. If you do that with the quality the players have here you can win games. You can sometimes lose games, but if you give everything then that’s a team out there.
“I saw a team in the first half as well giving everything for each other. But we needed half-time against Atalanta to push that belief a little bit more. Hopefully it’s the end of a bad period for us. Teams always go through bad spells and good teams come together.
“If that was the start of something big, that’s what we hope. The focus and determination in the lads has been really good since our bad performance against Leicester.”
United are looking to end a run of three successive Premier League games without a win when they host Liverpool. Another loss would see the Merseysiders move seven points clear of United, who could end up finishing the weekend as low as tenth.