Manchester United have had to battle traffic in getting from their regular hotel the Lowry to games on weekday evenings.
So instead they opted to stay at the Hilton on Tuesday night before the Wednesday evening clash against their fierce rivals Manchester City.
But it seems not everyone in the city is clued up on all things United as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was at the centre of a spelling mistake on his booking.
The United boss was seen leaving the coach for the hotel with a piece of paper with his name spelt ‘Ola Gunnar’.
He sported a gentle smile, seeing the funny side of the mistake, but has already issued his players with a warning ahead of their crunch fixture.
Just hours before heading to the Hilton hotel Solskjaer was interviewed by former team-mate Gary Neville for Sky Sports and he said he was ready to make big changes following the defeat to Everton.
United were humbled by the Toffees after their thrashing by Barcelona in the week and now face a real battle to earn a Champions League spot for next season.
“Of course there’ll be consequences,” Solskjaer said.
“We’re not going to see exactly the same team [against Manchester City].
“It’s about a reaction, a response. We can’t work on fitness – it’s mindsets. I know the players; they’re very good, talented players. Everton outran us, outworked us.
“We have to bring something different [against City]. We know the quality of their team but our fans need to know we’ve given absolutely everything – tactically, mentally, physically, as well as handling the ball.
“For me it’s the best game we could have. There’s no hiding place. The world’s watching. The whole of Manchester is watching. Liverpool is watching!
“Our players’ pride has been hurt badly – my pride, the club’s pride. The game is a great chance to put things right. We know we have a way to go to get where we want to be but it’s a step; we can show the standards we want to have.”
Neville himself had earlier singled out SIX United players he thought should be doing more for the cause in a run of poor results that has turned around the early positivity found under Solskjaer.
United have now won just once in five games and have lost to Wolves, Barcelona twice and now Everton.
A defeat to City on Wednesday would leave their top four hopes in real danger and Neville thinks the big players need to start contributing more.
“They can be the best in their position but all of them at this moment in time are well below the standard,” said Neville on his podcast.
“Alexis Sanchez, I don’t know what’s happened to him. Marcus, this last couple of weeks has been nowhere near it. I went to both Barcelona games and he just looks off it, he looks like he’s carrying an injury or he’s not quite right, or the season has caught up with him.
“Romelu Lukaku doesn’t turn up in big games. That’s been levelled at him for years but he’s not turning up in big games for Manchester United.
“Paul Pogba looks like he is back to the Paul Pogba who was playing under Jose Mourinho, even though he was outstanding in the first three months.
“Martial has just come back from injury but he’s in that ambling sort of mood again.
“De Gea looks nothing like himself. He looks distracted. You have got contract talks going on with five, six or seven players which is obviously distracting at this moment in time.”
Published at Tue, 23 Apr 2019 19:30:00 +0000