Solskjaer wary of Liverpool’s threat as he seeks Fergie’s support

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson presents Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a print of his winning goal celebration from the 1999 Champions League Final prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on December 13, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened the door to Sir Alex Ferguson to give Manchester United’s team talk before they face bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Solskjaer who understands the magnitude and importance of the clash wants his team to have a grasp of what it means to the fans.

And the interim manager believes Fergie is the right man for the job despite admitting they cannot be caught up in the emotion of the occasion.

“He would be welcome to have his talk to the players because we know how much it means for him to overtake Liverpool,’ said Solskjaer of his former manager who took such delight in ‘knocking Liverpool off their f***ing perch’ during his 26 years at Old Trafford.

“I played in a few of these myself and know the magnitude of it for the fans and everyone who works here. He told the Daily Mail.

“The staff there have been making comments that this is the big one, then it’s our job to be focusing and channelling all that energy into performance mode when we start the game on Sunday.

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

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Solskjaer went to explain the need to win the game in what could be pivotal to securing a Champions League spot

“For them, it’s a big game, we want to be in the top four and we’re playing Liverpool. We know how big that game is for Manchester United, the staff and supporters.

“We’re just looking forward to another challenge for this team. We want to build this team to be worthy of Manchester United’s history.”

Asked if he would prefer Tottenham to win what he sees a three-horse title race, a smiling Solskjaer replied: ‘Maybe!’

Solskjaer believes the clash with their arch-rivals will be somewhat similar to the PSG tie. He, however, feels his players are ready to show they have learned from that experience.

“We have to perform better than we did against PSG because it’s a big game and a big team,’ he said. ‘Suddenly we’re not underdogs anymore.

“We know we’re in for a very tough game. Liverpool have been fantastic and will know to come to Old Trafford it should be a difficult one. They pay us respect and we’ll pay them respect.”

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