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Liverpool v Manchester United: Anfield pressurises referees says Sir Alex Ferguson
Published : 23 Oct 2009 20:49:47Rss feed
"I know we've had a lot of players sent off at Anfield but I think that has been down to the atmosphere,'' said Ferguson. "Referees can find it difficult when Anfield is charged up like it will be on Sunday.'' Andre Marriner officiates Sunday's high-stakes game. Rafael Benitez feeds on dislike of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose MourinhoManchester United v Liverpool: Game Zone"The strange thing is, in the main players are aware of the intensity of the rivalry between the supporters and have conducted themselves very well in the games over the years,'' added Ferguson. "It's never got to a level like it was when I first came down when there were players like Steve McMahon, Norman Whiteside and Bryan Robson. They were definitely very, very feisty games in those days. "Now the speed of the game means there has to be a different interpretation of tackles.'' Ferguson will assess the fitness of Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher in training on Saturday. His Liverpool counterpart, Rafael Benitez, hopes that Fernando Torres and Glen Johnson will start, but said that Steven Gerrard was "50-50''.