Solskjaer summons Ferguson spirit for Liverpool

Afp, Manchester

23 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has joked that he might invite Alex Ferguson to deliver Manchester United's team talk before their eagerly awaited Premier League meeting with Liverpool.

The legendary former United manager has acted as Solskjaer's mentor since the Norwegian took over as the club's interim boss in December. Solskjaer's impressive success in the role has made the visit of bitter rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford on Sunday an even bigger confrontation than might have been expected earlier in the season when United were struggling to find their form.

The former United striker believes his club is rebuilding their reputation in the game and, given the rivalry that used to exist between Ferguson and Liverpool, Solskjaer said he would summon the spirit of his old leader before kick-off.

"He would be welcome to have his talk to the players if he wanted to," said Solskjaer. "Because we know how much it meant for him to overtake Liverpool. Solskjaer has now won 11 and a draw from 12 domestic games.