Thursday 20 June 2019

Fergie back to stir Reds

Ole Gunnar Solsjaer and Alex Ferguson
Ole Gunnar Solsjaer and Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson has been given an open invitation to deliver Manchester United's pre-match team talk against Liverpool tomorrow.

And boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims victory would signal another step towards creating a team "worthy" of the club's history.

Solskjaer has urged his players to channel their emotions by focusing on the game, rather than a potentially volatile occasion, as United attempt to boost their top-four hopes and deal a huge blow to Liverpool's title aspirations.

Yet Solskjaer has raised the prospect of Ferguson joining the players before kick-off to deliver a stirring address as they go in search of a 12th win in 14 matches since a dismal 3-1 defeat at Anfield in December.

Asked if he had any plans to indulge in Ferguson-style mind games with his Liverpool counterpart, Solskjaer said: "No. I don't think Jurgen Klopp will read what I say and I'm not going to read what he says. That's for further down the line, I would think.

"But he (Ferguson) would be welcome to have his talk to the players if the gaffer wanted to because we know how much it meant to him to overtake Liverpool (in terms of titles won). Our players know what this game means for everyone at Manchester United."

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