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Solskjaer defends Man Utd tactics for Liverpool stalemate: Everyone has injuries

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended his tactics for last Sunday's 0-0 draw at Liverpool.

The two teams meet again this weekend in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

"We didn't go out there to drop deep and try to soak up the pressure," said Solskjaer. "We attacked every time we got the ball, maybe too much.

"We kept giving it away, that was the challenge. We went forward too quickly. The thought that we weren't attacking, for me I don't understand that one.

"It's the quality of what we did, we need to do better. We tried to press them high. It's not easy, they played well, they played their way out of our press. They had five midfielders out there to play out plus a 'keeper who is very capable.

"When you look back at it, I think it was a good game by the two teams. We played against a top Liverpool team.

"Yeah, (Virgil) Van Dijk is not there but everyone's got an injury or two here or there. I was very pleased with the performance when I looked at it after."

Marcus Rashford, in particular, was caught offside on a number of occasions and Solskjaer hopes United will be more intelligent in their attacking play when the two old rivals meet again in Sunday's fourth round tie.

"It's not that you have to attack quickly every time, it's a decision you've got to make there and then," he added.

"Of course, it's in our DNA that if you see a pass, do it. Do it well. I didn't think we executed the passes well enough. Some of the runs were maybe too eager, especially at Anfield. I felt one or two times there we could have been one-on-one with the keeper.

"For us, it's about fine-tuning. We do loads of work but it's about taking a moment in the game and I feel we're getting there."

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