Behave, Fergie tells Manchester United players and fans before FA Cup clash with Liverpool

By Steven Oldham, Sports Correspondent 

Sir Alex Ferguson has told both sets of players and fans to act responsibly in tomorrow’s FA Cup fourth round clash between Manchester United and Liverpool. 

The hotly anticipated game is the first meeting between the two since Liverpool attacker Luis Suarez was banned for eight games for racially abusing United defender Patrice Evra.  

In an unusual move, Ferguson wrote to all United fans with a ticket for tomorrow’s game at Anfield asking them to keep order in and around the ground. 

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: “There is a responsibility on the players to behave properly and also both sets of fans.

“We want to make sure we are talking about the game, nothing else.”

Suarez will miss tomorrow’s game as part of his punishment, which both he and his team have accepted whilst still protesting the Uruguayan’s innocence.

United will be no doubt wary of Liverpool, who despite lying 7th in the Premier League managed to knock top of the table Manchester City out of the Carling Cup in midweek 3-2 on aggregate.

Liverpool have made Anfield a fortress so far this season, having stayed unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions.

Wayne Rooney could miss out with Phil Jones and Nani on the confirmed missing through injury list.

Greater Manchester’s only other side left in the cup are Bolton Wanderers after they overcame League Two Macclesfield Town in a replay.

They host Premier League rivals Swansea City at the Reebok and Owen Coyle could welcome back first choice goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and centre back Tyrone Mears from injury.

The Trotters will be looking to avenge the 3-1 defeat they suffered in the first Premier League meeting between the two sides at the Liberty Stadium earlier in the season.

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