Every word Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said ahead of FA Cup clash with Derby

Manchester United go away to Derby in the fifth round of the FA Cup tomorrow night, with Wayne Rooney set to line up against is former side.

The Red Devils will have to get past Rooney and co at Pride Park to book a place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

And at his pre-match press conference ahead of the showdown, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer waxed lyrical about former team-mate and United legend Rooney – who has scored the most goals in the club’s history [253].

The United manager also offered injury updates on the likes of Daniel James, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba, while commenting on his goalkeeper selection for tomorrow’s game.

Starsport are on hand with a full transcript of Solskjaer’s press conference below.

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[James] will probably miss out on this one as well, Marcus and Paul still out and I think Aaron [Wan-Bissaka] might be struggling, got a test today but he struggled in our last game against Everton with his back, so he might be out.


Paul's still working with the physios outside and he won't be training with the first-team until next week and then let's see how long that will take, he needs time to get his football fitness back.

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It's not a given of course, but Sergio has done well in the games he's played definitely, but I have no qualms about playing David [de Gea] in every game, to be fair. What he's done and his performances have been great, the save just after, was 100% offside, Calvert-Lewin but he wasn't, so that was a point saving save for us just afterwards, he's making amends.


He's been a fantastic player for Man United and he played here for so long, he's the club's top scorer, won so many trophies, I don't think the fans underrated him, everyone appreciates what he did for us, he's still welcome, still comes to Old Trafford and will get a good reception from away fans.

I don't think any Manchester United player thinks what about them and that's the key for Wazza, he gave absolutely everything for this club. But any goal he scores against us will be chalked off his goals tally. He's a threat in and around the box, set plays and this game Wayne will show what he can do and he wants to prove there is still fight in the old dog, we've gotta be on our toes, don't give him any space in midfield, he's got that Scholesy-like passing range.

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Maybe not, of course I left in 2011, so that's many years ago and he was still young but I met him a few times and the interest in football, he wants to stay in the game, as many of us do, and he's a great, great person, he makes you feel good if you're 80 or 10, he was my Noah's fave player, not just because of what he did as a player but the human being he was in and around the place and when he becomes a manager he'll affect his players and he knows the game.


Well, for me it was a fantastic final to play in in ’99 and it's always been the last game of the season, a spectacle, you can never ever underrate the FA Cup how much it means and for us it was a big step towards the semi-final against Arsenal, that was maybe the turning point. The Treble was a fantastic achievement.

We hope we're gonna do it again but it's a different task and more or less impossible, so many good teams around, it has changed domestically, it was either us or Arsenal in ’99 and now there's more of us.

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I'm not surprised because I saw what he can do on the pitch and his leadership qualities, if you do your due diligence and speak to people who knew his personality, hope he'd have this influence but couldn't be 100% sure, some players take six months but the point was get him in because of the quality, he relishes it, loves being around the place, gives everyone a boost and has an aura.

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