“It’s a big one and we know that it’s a difficult one as well,” he said, adding that United’s attacking players were brimming with confidence.
“They are in a really good moment, really good moment. They are physically strong, they defend well, they attack well.”
United have ambitions of their own to finish in the top four, a dream that appeared to have died during the troubled end of Mourinho’s reign.
“For them, it’s a big game, for us, it’s a big game,” said Solskjaer. “We want to be in the top four and we know how big this game is for Manchester United, for the staff, for the supporters.
“We’re looking forward to another challenge for this team because we want to build this team into one worthy of Manchester United’s history.
“It’s another big step if we can do that at home. Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea were all fantastic wins away — now we have to perform at home as well.”
Mager is tipping City to win the league, and would rather they were crowned champions.
“Liverpool are our one true rival,” he said. “City are more like an annoying little brother. If it was down to me, though, I’d rather neither of them won it. In this season’s title race, I would go for Spurs all day long.”