Updated: Saturday, 26th May 2018 @ 7:36am

Manchester United will never be surpassed by 'little brother' City, says ex-striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United will never be surpassed by 'little brother' City, says ex-striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

By Paddy von Behr

Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stoked the fire ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby by labelling Manchester City as the Reds’ little brother.

Solskjaer, who scored the winning goal in United’s 1999 Champions League triumph against Bayern Munich, likened the rivalry to a sibling relationship.

And the Norwegian, who now manages Molde FK, believes his old club will never be surpassed by City, despite Roberto Mancini’s title win last season.

"It's always this thing about being the big brother and the little brother coming to try to overtake the big brother,” said Solskjaer.

"That always happens in families and in clubs - the young player hoping to take the old player's position.

“City are hoping to overtake United. I don't think they'll ever be able to."

United sit three points clear of City at the top of the Premier League, but Solskjaer thinks Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have plenty more in their locker.

He believes his former club have an unrivalled ability to bounce back and win in dramatic fashion because it’s in their DNA.

"The start of this season has been good, not brilliant, but United are always improving throughout the season,” he added.

“Man United have over the years - and through their history - won in dramatic fashion.

“In the club's history, you've had so many disappointments, like the [Munich air] disaster.

“They have always stood up again and bounced back. It's just in the DNA.”

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