The Norwegian admitted it would be a challenge to defeat their city rivals over two legs.

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the opportunity to make a clever dig at current Premier League leaders, Liverpool, after suggesting that Manchester City are still the best team in England.

Speaking after his team’s 3-0 triumph against lowly Colchester United in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup, the gaffer praised Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City who are set to be their next opponents in the semi-finals of the competition, as was confirmed in the cup draw.

“It will be two fantastic days in Manchester. We really respect them and they are still the best team in England,” says the 46-year-old, as per Express.

He further added that, “We need to get our game heads on and be ready, but we have already shown them this season that we can cause them problems. We want to win every trophy we can and we have a chance.”

The two giants of English football met earlier this month in the Manchester derby which resulted in a 2-1 away victory for the Red Devils. However, the EFL Cup semi-final is played over two legs and considering City’s recent form in the competition, it will be a tougher challenge for Solskjaer’s men.

Meanwhile, Manchester City earned their place in the next round of the competition by easily winning their away fixture at Oxford United by a scoreline of 3-1. They will now be looking to win the trophy for the third time in a row.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer noted his team’s performance against Colchester and termed it as ‘wasteful’. “I thought we played well here, but were wasteful. We were miles better in the first half than the second, but then we scored.”

“We knew they would be hard to break down, but the first goal settled us down. If we can be more clinical and ruthless it will be another step forward for us,” he concluded.

Yet, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer calling MCFC as the best team in England is an obvious dig at their long-time rivals Liverpool, who have dominated the domestic league after their last season’s Champions League triumph. The Reds were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Aston Villa in a 5-0 humbling, after having to employ their youngest team ever due to prioritisation of the Club World Cup being played in Qatar.