Alex: Both Reds need healthy rivalry
ALEX FERGUSON has admitted his Manchester United side need a healthy rivalry with Liverpool.
The north-west giants have been |at loggerheads since October, when Patrice Evra levelled his racism allegations at Luis Suarez.
Liverpool's conduct since has not been the best.
Only grudgingly did they accept Suarez's eight-match ban, and only after wearing those inflammatory |T-shirts at Wigan.
At Old Trafford on Saturday the |ill-feeling really spilled over as Suarez refused to shake Evra's hand as promised. It triggered an angry response from Ferguson, who labelled the Uruguayan “a disgrace” who should be sold.
The following day, Suarez, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and managing director Ian Ayre all issued public apologies, which were immediately accepted by United.
So, with peace restored, Ferguson feels it is time to move on.
“We are all delighted that we have put the matter to an end,” he said.
“The two clubs, Manchester United and Liverpool, have too much great history and great rivalry.
“That is what we are going to concentrate on in the future.
“Both sets of supporters should be pleased and delighted that all we are going to talk about is who is going to win the game. Sometimes we will lose to Liverpool, sometimes we will win. But one thing you cannot take away is that both of us need each other.”
To some, the matter is not quite over as Dalglish's conduct remains the subject of hot debate.
And even at United, the ramifications are still being felt, specifically in Evra's absence from tonight's Europa League last-32 first-leg encounter with Ajax. “We have rested Patrice,” said the United boss. “It has been an emotional week for him and it is the right thing to do.”