Man United 2 Liverpool 1: Furious Sir Alex brands Suárez ‘a disgrace’

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson slams Luis Suárez after striker refuses to shake Patrice Evra's hand before game

Premier League, 11 February 2012, Old Trafford
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A fuming Sir Alex Ferguson branded Luis Suárez “a disgrace” following the Liverpool striker’s refusal to shake Patrice Evra’s hand before Manchester United’s clash with the Reds.

The build-up to Saturday’s game had been dominated by the prospect of Suárez and Evra facing each other for the first time since the Uruguay striker was banned for eight games for racially abusing the United defender at Anfield in October.

And the United boss, whose side moved top of the table thanks to Wayne Rooney’s quick-fire double after the break before Suárez grabbed a consolation late on, admitted his disbelief at the striker’s decision to snub Evra.

“I just could not believe it,” Ferguson told Sky Sports. “I had a chat with Patrice this morning and he said ‘I’m going to shake his hand, I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of’ – and he refuses.

“He’s a disgrace to Liverpool football club. That player should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again. The history that club’s got…and he does that. The situation today could have caused a riot.

“I was really disappointed. I think it’s terrible what he did. It created a tension. You saw the referee didn’t know what to do about it – it caught him off guard and it was a terrible start to the game and it created a terrible atmosphere.”

Evra, who reacted angrily and tried to grab the Uruguayan’s hand during the pre-match handshakes, celebrated wildly in front of Suarez at the final whistle – and Ferguson admitted “he shouldn’t have done that”.

Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish conceded that his side were second best on the day after a result that leaves Liverpool in seventh place in the table, four points behind Chelsea in fourth.

“I think overall you can say they were the better side, but you’d expect them to be at home,” said the Reds boss.

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