Updated: Saturday, 26th May 2018 @ 7:36am

Handshake saga must be put to bed: Manchester United boss eyes end to Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra racism row

Handshake saga must be put to bed: Manchester United boss eyes end to Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra racism row

By Chris Bailey

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is confident there will be no bad blood with Liverpool when the two sides square-off at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Last season’s fixture sparked controversy when Luis Suarez did not shake Patrice Evra’s hand following the Uruguayan’s eight-match ban for racially abusing the left-back.

But Ferguson insists that, while the rivalry will always be unique in both clubs’ calendars, this time it will only be the football that is talked about.

"There will always be a certain build-up to a Manchester United-Liverpool game, simply because of the history between the two clubs, the two most successful in the country," said Ferguson.

"It brings its own agenda in terms of profile and pre-match discussion.

"Last year it was unfortunate with the Suarez behaviour.

"I think hopefully it is behind both clubs now and we can just look forward to the game."

Suarez’s first match back from the ban was Liverpool’s trip to Old Trafford, and the Kop talisman almost rubbed salt in the wound as his late goal inspired a battering from his teammates, but United held on to clinch a 2-1 win.

And with Fergie’s men overturning a one-goal deficit at Anfield to grab a memorable away win in this season’s previous tie between the two, Brendan Rodgers will be desperate to leave Old Trafford with a slice of the points.

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