‘Scoring there was strange’ - United supporting Tettey hoping for a repeat of 2015 encounter
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Alex Tettey knows what it takes to be a part of a winning Norwich City side at Old Trafford.
The Norwegian's famous toe-poked effort against Manchester United in 2015 proved to be the winning goal as City recorded a 2-1 victory. Cameron Jerome opened the scoring in the first half before Tettey doubled the Canaries advantage.
As City prepare to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men at Old Trafford on Saturday, Tettey has described the feeling after netting the winner as 'strange', due to his affinity for the Red Devils.
"That was a bit weird, it was a tough first 20 minutes. We have to get over that on Saturday, and once the game settles, hopefully we can play our normal game.
"Scoring there was strange, especially when you follow the team and watch almost all of their games, then you go there, get the win and score. It was a good day for the team and the fans, and a bit weird for myself playing against one of my favourite teams!" Tettey told the club's official channels.
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Tettey is familiar with United's boss, with the pair having crossed paths in their native country. Solskjaer has been a man under pressure since his permanent appointment as United manager, but Tettey is convinced he is the man to restore United to the perch of English football.
"Solskjaer is quite humble and likes to coach young players. He's a nice person, and he wants to play fast forward football.
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"They can hurt you at any moment. We have to be organised when we have the ball and when we don't. We need to, hopefully, keep their strikers quiet and stop their counter-attacks. They play with a lot of pace in their front three, we need to be alert at any given moment."
Tettey's performances have seen him become one of City's most pivotal operators this season. City's displays throughout December were largely positive but converting that into points proved challenging.
"I'm confident that if we keep on doing what we're doing, we'll either get a point or the win," he said. That's my thought on it. We can't stop what we're doing, performing. Hopefully that little one percent or five percent we need to get the win will go our way.
"We need to keep doing what we've been doing, giving it our all in every game, pushing and pushing. When, as a team, you're in the position we are, there's no time to relax, we need to keep pushing and hoping for that reward.
"We know it's going to be a tough game; we're playing United. Whether they're number one or number seven, its going to be a tough game anyway. That being said, I don't think the pressure is on us, it's on them, so we need to go there and do what we've been doing and just enjoy the occasion."