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close call Comparing the Manchester derby records of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Pep Guardiola

Manchester United take on Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will pit his wits against City boss Pep Guardiola on Saturday

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will pit his wits against City boss Pep Guardiola on Saturday

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will pit his wits against City boss Pep Guardiola on Saturday

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a crunch derby against Manchester City this weekend. After United’s humbling by Liverpool a fortnight ago, the Norwegian can ill afford another heavy defeat.

He can, however, take encouragement from his winning record in derby matches against rivals City. Opposite number Pep Guardiola, whose position at the Etihad Stadium is impregnable, has had only mixed success against the neighbours.

Here, we compare the derby records of the two managers.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (derby record P8 W4 L3 D1)

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Solskjaer faced heavy scrutiny after the loss to Liverpool (Mike Egerton/PA)

Solskjaer faced heavy scrutiny after the loss to Liverpool (Mike Egerton/PA)

Solskjaer faced heavy scrutiny after the loss to Liverpool (Mike Egerton/PA)

In managerial terms, Solskjaer’s record and reputation are dwarfed by those of Guardiola but that is not reflected in their head-to-head statistics. Solskjaer, although defeated in his first derby in April 2019, appears to have given as good as he has got and has even edged their most recent meetings. United have not lost any of the past four derby encounters in the Premier League over the last two seasons and have won three of them, conceding only one goal in the process. The record is damaged only by League Cup results, with City winning two of their three meetings in that time.

Pep Guardiola (P14 W6 L6 D2)

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Despite outstanding success as City manager, Guardiola has a mixed record against United (Martin Rickett/PA)

Despite outstanding success as City manager, Guardiola has a mixed record against United (Martin Rickett/PA)

Despite outstanding success as City manager, Guardiola has a mixed record against United (Martin Rickett/PA)

The Catalan has claimed eight major trophies, including three Premier League titles, in his time at the Etihad Stadium but cannot claim to have conquered United. He won his first three Premier League matches at Old Trafford as City boss – the first two against old foe Jose Mourinho – but triumphed only once at home in that time, while there was also a League Cup loss. Overall he eclipsed Mourinho with three wins to two from six games in all competitions but Solskjaer’s reign has rebalanced the record.

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