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Sir Alex Ferguson invited to give Manchester United team talk before Liverpool clash

There is a close link between Solskjaer and Ferguson (Clint Hughes/PA)
There is a close link between Solskjaer and Ferguson (Clint Hughes/PA)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson is welcome to give his side's team talk before their game at Liverpool on Sunday.

Solskjaer made the comments after being asked if he was planning any Fergie-style mind games ahead of the Old Trafford clash.

Ferguson was famous for engaging in mind games with his title rivals, famously falling out with Kevin Keegan and Arsene Wenger during his time in the United hotseat.

Solskjaer said he would not be attempting to get the better of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in the build up to their game.

"I don't think Jurgen Klopp will read what I say, I am not going to read what he says," the former striker said.

"That's further down the line, I would think.

"But he would be welcome to talk to the players if he wanted to, the gaffer (Ferguson), because we know how much it meant for him to overtake Liverpool.

"I think our players know what it means for everyone at Man United."

Interim boss Solskjaer has made a strong case to be given the job on a permanent basis, suffering only one defeat since his appointment in December.

However, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is still strongly linked with the Old Trafford post.

Jose Mourinho was dismissed from the position after losing 3-1 at Anfield in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

The United boss acknowledged how huge the game was for the club's fans.

"I have played a few of these myself and I know the magnitude of it, for the fans, for everyone who works here," he said.

"There have been comments, 'this is the big one', 'onto this one' - but then it is 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 that emotion can be brought into it, but we have to stay focused and controlled, but with some fight in us as well."

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