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Sir Alex: Benitez Is 'Disturbed' And 'Venomous'

Sir Alex: Benitez Is 'Disturbed' And 'Venomous'

Sir Alex responded to Rafa Benitez's laughable claims about Manchester United after the Champions took Chelsea apart at Old Trafford. The manager, taking the sensible line, said he would like to focus on his team instead.

"I think you have got to cut through the venom of it and hopefully he'll reflect and understand that what he said was absolutely ridiculous," he said.

"I think he was an angry man, I think he was disturbed for some reason or another.

"They are not facts because it's well documented, but I'm not going to get into that because we should concentrate on chasing the leaders and we have got games in hand, so we want to try and catch them up."

Yeah, perhaps Rafa should have prepared his team for the Stoke game rather than prepare a dossier of sheer stupidity? But his teamtalk worked a treat; thank you, angry little man.

Fergie, of course, had words of praise for his team too which delivered a fantastic performance. He singled out Ryan Giggs for special praise, insisting he was always going to play the Welshman against Chelsea.

'Honestly, Ryan was fantastic,' he said.

'I kept him particularly for this game, I rested him.

'I told him two weeks ago he and Darren Fletcher would play against Chelsea. I thought this game was made for them, given Ryan's ability to hold the ball and beat a man in midfield with that left foot. Ballack couldn't live with him really.

'It could have been a mistake - it's very easy to make a mistake when you've got a squad of 23 players. Genuine mistakes of course because you want to pick a team that wins and the supporters understand that. But today it worked and I'm glad it did.'

On the face of it, it looked madness; in hindsight, it's an inspired managerial decision. Maybe that's why he's still in his job, eh?

Fergie added that he found it annoying that we were denied a legitimate goal from a well-practised trick just because the linesman missed it. Never mind that though, WE are not obsessed with the referees. Let's talk about the game instead.

'The first goal was the key moment because opened up the game for us. The midfield had far more space in the second half and we could have scored a few goals. I'm pleased with 3-0 though, it's a big scoreline, very unusual for these tight games.'

And very satisfying indeed.

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Date:Monday January 12 2009
Time: 12:26AM


sly old fox !
12/01/2009 00:34:00
I say he's MORE than disturbed! Good thing Fergie didnt waste too much breath on him or the issue! There are trophies to be won!
12/01/2009 00:45:00
What Rafa should do now is focus on how many points Bruce has won against Utd in the press and query his professionalism? This should fire up Bruce to maybe get a point for once. After all, it was good enough for Mr Ferguson when Newcastle were winning the league. (Leeds and Stuart Pearce).
12/01/2009 12:41:00
But Newcastle still won that game at Leeds; Ferguson's comments worked on Keegan, actually. As for Rafa: it's not the first time he lost the plot, remember him branding Drogba a diver then going out of the CL because a barnstorming performance by... Drogba?
12/01/2009 13:16:00
Or Ferguson asking us to maintain the intergrity of the league by beating Blackburn only to draw with West Ham after we did. That was a classic, mind games at it's finest.
12/01/2009 13:56:00
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