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Manchester United coach Solskjaer invites Sir Alex Ferguson to give Liverpool team talk

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 22-02-2019 Samuel Luckhurst
Alex Ferguson wearing a suit and tie: Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson reacts ahead of the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on February 12, 2019. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson reacts ahead of the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on February 12, 2019. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is tempted to let Sir Alex Ferguson give Manchester United's team talk ahead of Liverpool's visit.

Solskjaer has invited Ferguson to United's Carrington training complex since he was appointed caretaker coach on December 19 and Ferguson is understood to have been 'involved' during Solskjaer's two-month reign.

Ferguson once said his greatest achievement was 'knocking Liverpool off their f****** perch' and the Anfield club are still without a title since 1990. United had seven titles back then but now have 20 championships compared with Liverpool's 18.

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Solskjaer said Ferguson's achievement in supplanting Liverpool is still treasured by the United great, who was in attendance for the FA Cup win at Chelsea on Monday evening, and that affinity would make him a welcome visitor to Carrington before Sunday's fixture.

"I don't think Jurgen Klopp will read what I say," Solskjaer said. "I'm not gonna read what he says or what the players say, that's further down the line, I would think.

"But 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. I think our players know what it means for everyone at Man United." Solskjaer did clarify United had 'no plans' for Ferguson to speak to the players.

"I wouldn't tell anyone, would I?" Solskjaer replied when he was asked how United would beat Liverpool. "We have to perform better than we did against PSG, because it's a big game, a big team. We're not underdogs any more, people praise us, now is the time to play them.

"We need to learn from that experience against PSG, because we didn't perform to the level that we wanted to, even though they should have had 10 men and we should have had 11 when it was quite even.

"We've got to make sure we stay focused, all these games are decided on little margins, that little one centimetre Kylian Mbappe was in front of Eric (Bailly), and he scored instead of Eric, that's the deciding factor in these big games."

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