Ferdinand issues passionate rallying cry to Man Utd players

Date published: Sunday 20th October 2019 2:02

Rio Ferdinand Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United’s players to “seize the opportunity” against Liverpool and make themselves heroes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have had a lot of soul-searching to do over the international break after the shock loss at embattled Newcastle left them just two points off the Premier League relegation zone.

Liverpool are looking to compound United‘s worst start in 30 years on Sunday, when Jurgen Klopp’s men will aim for a record-equalling 18th successive top-flight victory.

However, Ferdinand has issued a rallying call to United ahead of the fixture.

 

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This Game Is That Big… The fact that even now after the many games we won, great comebacks, cup wins & #UCL nights…. I still get #mufc fans coming up to me saying “Rio, that goal against @liverpoolfc was my childhood” or something of that nature.. (I have to ask what one as I have scored a couple of bangers against them!) But it just shows you what this game means to @manchesterunited & the fans. As a player who comes into the club & who isn’t local you are quickly made aware what this game means to you – EVERYTHING. You can’t lose, you leave everything on that pitch, you win your individual battles, you give their fans nothing to shout about, you send them back across the M62 in silence…I could go on! But it’s about every single one of the squad understanding the importance of Man Utd vs #LFC. You would see some new players, British or foreign, after a game sitting there wide eyed saying “I didn’t realise it was this mad & that the city gets so crazy leading up to the game”. Losing just isn’t an option & today that couldn’t apply more. The position #MUFC are in adds even more pressure on the players. The players can’t see it like us fans though – thinking about all of the above just adds to the pressure of a game of this magnitude. The players have to see this game as a huge opportunity for themselves as individuals & as a team to be the catalyst for a bright new future by playing an important role in getting a win. This is an opportunity to play a pivotal role in turning around the fortunes at this great club. That should make them excited going into this game not fearful – fear comes with not being able to handle the pressure. We can’t go there. Seize the opportunity should be the mentality going into this game. Go and do it. Enjoy these moments, they are great……when you win! Good luck to the boys 👊🏽 Rio

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“This Game Is That Big… The fact that even now after the many games we won, great comebacks, cup wins & #UCL nights…. I still get #mufc fans coming up to me saying ‘Rio, that goal against Liverpool was my childhood’ or something of that nature.. (I have to ask what one as I have scored a couple of bangers against them!) But it just shows you what this game means to Manchester United & the fans,” Ferdinand wrote on Instagram.

“As a player who comes into the club & who isn’t local you are quickly made aware what this game means to you – EVERYTHING.

“You can’t lose, you leave everything on that pitch, you win your individual battles, you give their fans nothing to shout about, you send them back across the M62 in silence…I could go on!

“But it’s about every single one of the squad understanding the importance of Man Utd vs #LFC. You would see some new players, British or foreign, after a game sitting there wide eyed saying ‘I didn’t realise it was this mad & that the city gets so crazy leading up to the game’.

“Losing just isn’t an option & today that couldn’t apply more. The position #MUFC are in adds even more pressure on the players. The players can’t see it like us fans though – thinking about all of the above just adds to the pressure of a game of this magnitude. The players have to see this game as a huge opportunity for themselves as individuals & as a team to be the catalyst for a bright new future by playing an important role in getting a win.

“This is an opportunity to play a pivotal role in turning around the fortunes at this great club. That should make them excited going into this game not fearful – fear comes with not being able to handle the pressure. We can’t go there. Seize the opportunity should be the mentality going into this game. Go and do it.

“Enjoy these moments, they are great……when you win! Good luck to the boys. Rio.”

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