Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes there are similarities between the philosophy he is trying to instil into his team and the philosophy Frank Lampard is trying to instil at Chelsea.
Both squads are among the youngest in the league, with the average age of their respective starting lineup’s regularly falling below 25.
Solskjaer made the decision to target young, hungry players in the summer transfer window, signing the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka (21) and Daniel James (22).
Meanwhile, Lampard has blooded academy stars like Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James this season.
With the two sides facing off in a key game in the race for a spot in the Champions League, Solskjaer was asked about his opposite number’s own philosophy.
“I think [there are similarities], yes,” he told United’s website. “Obviously he [Frank] was restrained because of the transfer ban during the summer window but I think we both believe if you give young players a chance, you know them and you know they will give you everything they’ve got and they might surprise other people.
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“If you have a team full of energy and players who want to prove themselves it’s great and Frank’s done very well with the Chelsea team I think.”
The Norwegian also addressed the importance of the match, adding: “It’s a big game of course, Chelsea have been third or fourth nearly all season so for us and the chasing pack they are the ones to catch.
“Hopefully we can get three points that will make a big difference for us going forward.
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“We’ve played them twice already this season and done well, but Chelsea are a good team. They are at home, but we’re going to go there to try to win the game.