Alex Ferguson demands Manchester United players focus on match at Liverpool

Fergie demands United stars focus on match in countdown to FA Cup clash at Liverpool

Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his players to behave in tomorrow's FA Cup showdown with arch rivals Liverpool.

There will be even more scrutiny than usual on the Anfield clash in the first meeting between the sides since the race row exploded between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra.

In the spotlight: Patrice Evra returns to Anfield for the first time

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Evra will line up at Anfield and will expect a backlash from Liverpool supporters – but Suarez is still suspended after being banned for eight matches for racially abusing the Manchester United left-back.

Reds skipper Steven Gerrard has already called on both sets of fans to keep the peace at the match – and now Ferguson has demanded his players don't spark trouble.

He said: 'It's a massive game for both clubs. There's a tremendous profile around it. Steven Gerrard said it's the responsibility of the players to behave properly and I expect my players to.

'And also the fans. Both sets of fans need to make sure we're talking about the game and nothing else.'

Ask how his players should deal with the match, he added: 'You just have to concentrate on the game.

'That's what you have to do, just try and play your game. That helps. I think both sets of players are aware of that.'