Fergie asks United fans not to sing Hillsborough songs at Anfield
Published 20:00 14/10/11 By David McDonnell
Sir Alex Ferguson has urged Manchester United and Liverpool fans to stop their sick taunts.
The teams clash at Anfield on Saturday and Ferguson says: “We need each other.”
The United boss called for an end to the vile chants about the Hillsborough and Munich tragedies that struck both clubs.
Ferguson claimed fans of the clubs, the two most successful clubs in English football history, should focus on their footballing rivalry, rather than hatred for one another.
“Both clubs need each other,” said Ferguson ahead of the lunchtime showdown. “Their history should be appreciated by both sets of fans.
“Sometimes, when I hear silly chants about Munich or Hillsborough, I don’t think it does either club any good at all.
“Without each other, it wouldn’t be the English league.
“If it came to a stage where fans were banned from each other’s grounds, it wouldn’t be the same game.
“The respect for both clubs’ histories should be adhered to.
“The intensity, the rivalry, the great footballers - for me it’s the game of the season.
“Although things may change in the next few years with Manchester City, I’ve always considered Manchester United v Liverpool to be the game of the season and at the moment it remains that.”
United have suffered nine yellow cards at Anfield during Fergie’s reign and he urged his players not to lose their cool in the hostile atmosphere that always awaits his team.
“In my time, we’ve had nine players sent off, which is unusual for us,” said Ferguson.
“That’s all down to the atmosphere that can be created at Anfield, which is something you have to deal with.
“Last season, when we were playing really well, we made two really bad errors to give goals away and it was hard to come back from 2-0 down.
“Two seasons ago we had a player sent off. These are issues, along with temperament, that you have to deal with.
“The atmosphere is very difficult for everyone. It’s not an easy place to go to, but we can handle that.
“Maybe this is a different Manchester United team from the past, but we’re capable of going there and winning.”