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Fergie: Evra/Suarez Row In The Past

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson hopes that the race row surrounding Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez will remain in the past ahead of their clash at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Suarez was handed a GBP 40 000 fine as well as an eight-match ban for racially abusing the Frenchman during a match in October 2011, before the Uruguay international snubbed Evra in the pre-match handshakes when the teams met four months later.

The two players buried the hatchet earlier this season at Anfield though and Ferguson hopes that the incident will not be flared up again on Sunday.

"There will always be a certain build-up to a Manchester United and Liverpool games," said Ferguson.

"That's simply because of the history between the two clubs, the two most successful in the country - it brings its own agenda in terms of profile and pre-match discussion.

"Last year it was unfortunate with the Suarez behaviour. But I think hopefully it's behind both clubs now and we can just look forward to the game."

The 71-year-old then reflected on 2012, saying:  "There were a lot of ups and downs. It was disappointing. Firstly in European football we were knocked out the previous December and so we had to do without that.

"We were knocked out in the second game of the FA Cup - very unluckily - at Liverpool. We should have won that game. That left us with the league and then we lost that on the last day of the season on goal difference. So it was very, very frustrating.

"Since then we've done what we said we'd do. We qualified from the group stage of the Champions League. I thought we were unlucky to be knocked out of the League Cup by Chelsea, with the last kick of the ball, after we'd played so well.

"The league so far has gone well and we're in a good position. We just now need to make sure we kick on, keep our concentration and keep playing our football the way we are."

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