Ferguson cool over Evra-Suarez handshake

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has played down

concerns over the first meeting between Patrice Evra and Liverpool

striker Luis Suarez since the Uruguayan’s racism ban.

Liverpool travel to Old Trafford on Saturday with Suarez

expected to feature after completing the eight-match penalty he

incurred after he was found to have racially abused Evra.

The Anfield side, with manager Kenny Dalglish in the vanguard,

have persistently defended Suarez’s actions but Ferguson shrugged

off concerns over lingering bad feeling.

Asked about the usual pre-match handshake between players, he

said: “I have not even thought about that.

“It has never been an issue. We are concentrating on the

game.”

Although Dalglish has had no hesitation in speaking out in

defence of Suarez, insisting after his side had dropped points in a

0-0 draw at home to Tottenham on Monday that the Uruguayan should

not have been punished, Ferguson declined to comment on Suarez’s

behaviour.

He added: “We have kept our counsel, which was the right thing

to do.

“We will keep it that way.”