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Benitez's Arrogance Just Makes It Sweeter

The big news of the week was Sir Alex Ferguson labelling Rafa Benitez arrogant. 'Tis all part of the mind games, they say, and it might be an attempt at them but essentially, it is correct: the FSW, so often perceived as humble and gentlemanly, is actually one of the most arrogant managers out there.

'Benitez said Everton are a small club, which just points to his arrogance,' said Ferguson.

'But it is one thing to show the arrogance he did. What you cannot forgive is the contempt for Sam Allardyce last week when Liverpool scored the second goal.

'I don't think Sam deserved that. He is a guy who has worked so hard for the LMA, looking after young players.

'He had a weakened team and to get that kind of contempt... I don't think any other Liverpool manager would have done that. It was beyond the pale.'


Allardyce was apparently offended by how Benitez waved his arm after the second goal last week, indicating the game was over. It could be interpreted otherwise but that wouldn't change the fact that 'Rafa' is actually as arrogant as it gets.

Not quite the Jose Mourinho way, of course, but in a more sneaky manner: his rant in January showed that, the way he got carried away by some good performances. Or remember how he was telling everyone how to beat United, instead of concentrating on his own team? And there's the 'small club' thing: I think only Arsene Wenger complained more times about the negativity of their opponents than Benitez.

But if we beat Liverpool to this title it will be all the sweeter thanks to the earlier gloating and crowing of the FSW.




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Date:Saturday April 18 2009

Time: 10:00AM

Your Comments

Remind me what Ferguson's reaction was to United relegating Brian Kidd's Blackburn in 1999?
Little Dutch
Remind me what Ferguson's reaction was to United relegating Brian Kidd's Blackburn in 1999?
Little Dutch
little dutch - what you got to remember is that there is one set of rules for manure and old red nose and then another set for the rest of us...... what rafa was actually doing was a tactical signal but then again because red nose said differently then it must be true..... look at todays FA cup semi final its got a man u fan as the ref but then again what else do you expect i bet red nose picked the ref for the game...... everyone went on at rafa losing it but look now old red nose cant do an interview without bring us up i now believe that it is rafa who has got underneath old red noses skin lol........ fergie is felling the pressure hahahahahahahaha old drunken bas&*^d
muffdaddy1983
little dutch - what you got to remember is that there is one set of rules for manure and old red nose and then another set for the rest of us...... what rafa was actually doing was a tactical signal but then again because red nose said differently then it must be true..... look at todays FA cup semi final its got a man u fan as the ref but then again what else do you expect i bet red nose picked the ref for the game...... everyone went on at rafa losing it but look now old red nose cant do an interview without bring us up i now believe that it is rafa who has got underneath old red noses skin lol........ fergie is felling the pressure hahahahahahahaha old drunken bas&*^d
muffdaddy1983
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muffdaddy1983
wow!! old dirty red nose got that without readin freud ;).. some times he cant make out, but other times he can read minds by telepathy.. wat a *****er. cant give an interview when he loses but goes arnd talkin abt others' GESTURES!! pity him..
arjy2405
wow!! old dirty red nose got that without readin freud ;).. some times he cant make out, but other times he can read minds by telepathy.. wat a *****er. cant give an interview when he loses but goes arnd talkin abt others' GESTURES!! pity him..
arjy2405
LOL, Rafa was gesturing to Alonso, he wanted the ball played differently than the way Alonso did it. After we scored from the foul Alonso turned towards Rafa, that's when the gesture happened. It's Rafa saying forget what I said, it had nothing to do with Allardyce or Blackburn. The funny thing is that Ferguson is using this flimsy excuse of a gesture to attack Rafa with, and he's doing it with coordination with Allardyce. It's obvious that Rafa has gotten under his skin. By the way, wasn't it Ferguson that sarcastically said that he didn't know he was that important after Rafa talked about him before Chelsea's game. Well, Manu are playing Everton in the semi-final of the FA Cup and who is Ferguson talking about? That's right, Rafa. I didn't know that he was that important.
JohnDoe
LOL, Rafa was gesturing to Alonso, he wanted the ball played differently than the way Alonso did it. After we scored from the foul Alonso turned towards Rafa, that's when the gesture happened. It's Rafa saying forget what I said, it had nothing to do with Allardyce or Blackburn. The funny thing is that Ferguson is using this flimsy excuse of a gesture to attack Rafa with, and he's doing it with coordination with Allardyce. It's obvious that Rafa has gotten under his skin. By the way, wasn't it Ferguson that sarcastically said that he didn't know he was that important after Rafa talked about him before Chelsea's game. Well, Manu are playing Everton in the semi-final of the FA Cup and who is Ferguson talking about? That's right, Rafa. I didn't know that he was that important.
JohnDoe
Found this quote from Ferguson about Arsenal and Wenger back in 1997," He is at a big club, well, ARSENAL USED TO BE A BIG CLUB. He should keep his mouth shut - firmly shut." And he says Rafa is arrogant because he called Everten a smaller club. That is what he said in fact, SMALLER, not SMALL.
JohnDoe
Found this quote from Ferguson about Arsenal and Wenger back in 1997," He is at a big club, well, ARSENAL USED TO BE A BIG CLUB. He should keep his mouth shut - firmly shut." And he says Rafa is arrogant because he called Everten a smaller club. That is what he said in fact, SMALLER, not SMALL.
JohnDoe
Guys all what was said is to annoy liverpool and their manager he has done it before with arsene, mourinho, and any other coach that was challenging him for the title, and as we saw with the benitiz rant we have also been attacked many times....I really don't know if any of our coaches really mean or believe what they are saying or is it just to get under the opposing manager's skin....I wonder... it always makes me wonder what kind of effect will something like this have on the opposition....would your players listen to something our manager has to see, not likely, but maybe the other teams will start having a bad image of your manager and play differently against you guys or something....
ibrahiy
Guys all what was said is to annoy liverpool and their manager he has done it before with arsene, mourinho, and any other coach that was challenging him for the title, and as we saw with the benitiz rant we have also been attacked many times....I really don't know if any of our coaches really mean or believe what they are saying or is it just to get under the opposing manager's skin....I wonder... it always makes me wonder what kind of effect will something like this have on the opposition....would your players listen to something our manager has to see, not likely, but maybe the other teams will start having a bad image of your manager and play differently against you guys or something....
ibrahiy
Saying that a manager is arrogant and showing contempt without justification isn't just to annoy Rafa. If that's the case then that is pathetic on the part of Ferguson.
JohnDoe
Saying that a manager is arrogant and showing contempt without justification isn't just to annoy Rafa. If that's the case then that is pathetic on the part of Ferguson.
JohnDoe
Sammy Lee," Rafa's certainly not arrogant and I think the things that have gone on are quite sad, really. Any gestures we make on the touchline are directed at our own players, not anybody else. "He'd asked the players to do one thing and they did another which, obviously, resulted in a goal. The end result was the same, which is all that mattered." "I'm surprised Sam didn't mention anything about it when we had a drink after the game, as we always do, because we have had and do have a good working relationship. But he didn't say anything about it at all." This proves how pathetic Ferguson and Allardyce were in ganging up on Rafa in this matter. What they did was contemptable, not Rafa's gesture.
JohnDoe
Sammy Lee," Rafa's certainly not arrogant and I think the things that have gone on are quite sad, really. Any gestures we make on the touchline are directed at our own players, not anybody else. "He'd asked the players to do one thing and they did another which, obviously, resulted in a goal. The end result was the same, which is all that mattered." "I'm surprised Sam didn't mention anything about it when we had a drink after the game, as we always do, because we have had and do have a good working relationship. But he didn't say anything about it at all." This proves how pathetic Ferguson and Allardyce were in ganging up on Rafa in this matter. What they did was contemptable, not Rafa's gesture.
JohnDoe
 

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