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Ferdinand sends a strong message to United squad

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Manchester United will host Liverpool at Old Trafford today after an unconvincing start to the season which put them at 12th place in the league.

This match could, however, turn the tide both for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United.

The Red Devils have a historic rivalry with Liverpool, unmatched by any other in the English footballing history.

Rio Ferdinand was a big part of that rivalry. The Englishman manned the United defence throughout the 21st century under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Now, working as a pundit, he’s continuously full of support for Manchester United.

Ahead of the match today, Ferdinand published a heartfelt post on his Facebook page about the rivalry.

Here is the post content in full:

“Manchester United vs Liverpool
This Game Is That Big…

The fact that even now after the many games we won, great comebacks, cup wins & #UCL nights…. I still get #mufc fans coming up to me saying, “Rio, that goal against Liverpool was my childhood” or something of that nature.. (I have to ask what one as I have scored a couple of bangers against them!)

But it just shows you what this game means to Manchester United & the fans.

As a player who comes into the club and who isn’t local you are quickly made aware what this game means to you once you have signed – EVERYTHING. You can’t lose, you leave everything on that pitch, you win your individual battles, you give their fans nothing to shout about, you send them back across the M62 in silence…I could go on!

But it’s about every single one of the squad understanding the importance of Man Utd vs Liverpool. You would see some new players, British or foreign, after a game sitting there wide eyed saying “I didn’t realise it was this mad & that the city gets so crazy leading up to the game”.

Losing just isn’t an option & today that couldn’t apply more. The position #MUFC are in adds even more pressure on the players. The players can’t see it like us fans though – thinking about all of the above just adds to the pressure of a game of this magnitude. The players have to see this game as a huge opportunity for themselves as individuals & as a team to be the catalyst for a bright new future by playing an important role in getting a win.

This is an opportunity to play a pivotal role in turning around the fortunes at this great club. That should make them excited going into this game not fearful – fear comes with not being able to handle the pressure. We can’t go there. Seize the opportunity should be the mentality going into this game.
Go and do it.

Enjoy these moments, they are great……when you win!

Good luck to the boys
Rio”

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