Sir Alex Keeping Quiet on Suarez; SIR Alex Ferguson Is Determined Manchester United Will Retain Their Dignity as Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez Come Face to Face for the First Time Today since the Racism Row Exploded between the Pair, Writes

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Suarez has now returned to action after serving an eight-match ban for the comments he made to Evra at Anfield in October. However, Liverpool's actions over the past few months have not been well received.

As recently as Monday, Kenny Dalglish insisted Suarez's lengthy punishment was unjust, a surprising claim given the Reds chief had avoided any inflammatory statements prior to the recent FA Cup tie between the two clubs.

Ferguson is determined not to rise to the bait.

He said: "They have said plenty, haven't they? We have kept our dignity throughout. We have kept our counsel.

"That is the right thing to do in these situations. We will keep it that way and just concentrate on the game."

For the third weekend running, the subject of a pre-match handshake is dominating debate.

Two weeks ago, it was cancelled to avoid embarrassment between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand.

Terry's absence through injury meant Rio Ferdinand avoided having to make a difficult decision at Chelsea.

This time around it could be that Suarez and Evra do not come into contact - the Liverpool man is not certain to start.

It is an issue Ferguson addressed seven days ago, when he insisted it was "only a handshake."

It appears the Scot has given the matter no further thought.

He added: "I have not even thought about that. I am not bothered about it. It has not been an issue."

United were given a pre-match boost with Ryan Giggs agreeing a one-year contract extension which will take him into a 22nd season.

The 38-year-old will make his 899th club appearance if he plays some part today and Ferguson is delighted to have him around.

He said: "Ryan is a marvellous player. He epitomises all my teams here at United.

"He has constantly re-invented himself, adapted to the changing nature of the game and retained that desire and hunger for success. …