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Oct 27, 2012

Shelvey: I wont change my style

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey he will not change his style, despite it resulting in a red card and a touchline altercation with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

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The England international was sent off in last month`s meeting between Liverpool and Manchester United for a heavy challenge on Jonny Evans and, as he left the field, suggested that Ferguson had influenced referee Mark Halsey`s decision and levied some choice words towards the Scotsman.

Ferguson called for an apologised something Shelvey has since issued, but he says he will not change his approach to tackling in the future, believing the opinion of current manager Brendan Rodgers is the only one he should fear.

"I'd seen him (Ferguson) in the fourth official's ear after I made the tackle so as I was walking off I said: "It's your fault I got sent off."

"I knew I was in the wrong and then afterwards, as I was walking down the tunnel with my mate and his girlfriend, Ferguson was walking towards me. I just pulled him and apologised for what I had done.

"I said I was wrong and frustrated, I'm a young boy and emotions had got the better of me. But I told him I wouldn't have pulled out of the tackle if it was there. He said it was fine, that it takes a man to apologise, it was an emotional game and there are no hard feelings.''

"My dad brought me up to respect people but if you have your opinion and feel you're in the right, not to be afraid to say it. I think that counts in all aspects of life. You have to fear no one - except for our manager here.

"It is about wanting to be a winner and a lot of games can be won on who wants it the most. I still stand by my decision that I wasn't going to pull out of that tackle. If I had pulled out I would have hurt myself and the fans would have gone mental.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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