Will Ralf Rangnick accept this Ole Gunnar Solskjaer advice on how to beat Manchester City?

Manchester United take on Premier League leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.

Ralf Rangnick could reap the rewards of taking a leaf from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s book when Manchester United face bitter rivals Manchester City on away turf this weekend.

Solskjaer boasts a strong record against City with four wins from his last eight meetings with Pep Guardiola on the touchline.

Manchester United beat Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium last season thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw.

Solskjaer revealed after the full-time whistle the secret to beating Manchester City.

“We went back to being a little bit what we wanted to be and that’s being direct,” said Solskjaer when quizzed on the factors that shaped United’s win over City.

“We have to be positive, we’re a positive team,” he added. “We want to play at a high tempo, but we have to defend well, you have to defend to attack the spaces that appear.

“There has to be a collective, no team in world football has a chance against them [City] without being a collective, hungry team who knows you have to defend well but also be positive on the ball.”

It remains to be seen whether Rangnick will be able to emulate Solskjaer’s no-nonsense approach to playing against City when United lock horns with their cross-city rivals on Sunday afternoon.