Tuesday 22 October 2019

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would welcome Alex Ferguson into Man United dressing to give team talk for Liverpool clash

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer here listening to words of advice from former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson on the training ground in 2007
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer here listening to words of advice from former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson on the training ground in 2007
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he would be happy to welcome Alex Ferguson into the Manchester United dressing room to deliver the pre-match team talk ahead of Sunday's Premier League game against Liverpool.

Ferguson famously stated he had a desire to 'knock Liverpool off their perch' when he arrived as United manager in 1986 and he succeeded in that mission in the grand manner by winning 13 Premier League titles during his historic reign as United manager.

Now Ferguson's former pupil Solskjaer has opened the door for his old boss to play a key role ahead of kick-off in a game that could be crucial in shaping this season's Premier League title race.

"He would be welcome to have his talk to the players if he wanted to, the gaffer, because we know how much it meant for him to overtake Liverpool," stated Solskjaer, although he did confirm he had not made plans for Ferguson to be in the United dressing room on Sunday.

"We’re playing Liverpool, we know how big that game is for Manchester United, the staff, supporters, we’re just looking forward to another challenge for this team, we want to build this team to be worthy of Manchester United history."

Solskjaer believes Manchester United's revival in the last two months will ensure they are not underdogs when they take on Liverpool on Sunday.

Interim United manager Solskjaer has inspired a stunning revival at Old Trafford since he replaced Jose Mourinho in December, with a top-four finish now very much in sight after a run of eight wins and a draw from his nine Premier League games on the touchline.

Now he is preparing for one of the biggest game of United's season, with the visit of Liverpool to Old Trafford always one of the stand-out fixtures in the English football calendar and Solskjaer has suggested his side now go into every game expecting to win.

Urging his side to learn lessons from their 2-0 Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain last week, Solskjaer turned in another polished performance in front of the media.

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"Suddenly we're not underdogs anymore," stated Solskjaer. "People praise us and now is the time to play them (Liverpool).

"We need to learn from that experience against PSG, because we didn't perform to the level that we wanted to. We've got to make sure we stay focused, all these games are decided on little margins.

"We know we're in for a very tough game, Liverpool have been fantastic and will know as well to come to Old Trafford it should be a difficult one, they pay us respect and we'll pay them respect.

"There have been comments, 'this is the big one', 'onto this one' - but then it is our job to be focusing and channeling all that energy into performance-mode when we start the game on Sunday.

"It's not about emotions. I understand that emotion can be brought into it, but we have to stay focused and controlled, but with some fight in us as well."

Solskjaer revealed Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard could play a role in Sunday's game, after returning to training quicker than expected from injuries.

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