Fergie scared of Reds - Rafa

2009-04-07 16:33

Liverpool - Rafael Benitez has launched another attack on Sir Alex Ferguson after claiming on Tuesday that the Manchester United manager is running scared of Liverpool.

As the race for the Premier League and Champions League enters a crucial phase, Liverpool manager Benitez accused his rival here on Tuesday of "talking too much" before adding: "I just think he is a little bit scared."

It is the second time this season that Benitez has had a dig at Ferguson, whose United side now have a one-point lead at the top of the Premier League over the Merseysiders.

Back in January, Benitez accused the United manager of playing mind games, saying Ferguson "complained about everything".

Now, on the eve of Liverpool's Champions League quarter-final first leg tie against English rivals Chelsea at Anfield, Benitez has had another go at the veteran Scottish boss.

"He likes to talk too much about the others teams," said Benitez. "I don't play mind games. I just think he is a little bit scared."

Ferguson did his best to up the ante ahead of this tie by saying, after United's dramatic 3-2 win over Aston Villa last weekend, that whoever won the Champions League clash between Liverpool and Chelsea, who are four points off the top of the English table, would be the champions' closest challengers for their Premier League title.

"If we continue in this competition (Champions League) he might think we are tired," Benitez told reporters at Anfield.

"But if we are not in this competition he knows we will be a threat and if Chelsea is not in the competition, Chelsea will be a threat.

"He will lose anyway," the Spaniard added.

"If we continue in the Champions League maybe he will think we will lose some ground in the Premier League. We are pushing them and we will try and push them until the end of the season."

Benitez continued: "He (Ferguson) was talking about us again. I want to clarify that it doesn't matter if we lose or Chelsea lose.

"At the end of the day the team that goes out of the Champions League now will focus on the Premier League and will maybe make it more difficult for United."

Benitez's outburst overshadowed the build-up to Liverpool's European clash with Chelsea, the team who knocked them out at the semi-final stage last season.

Liverpool have breathed new life into their Premier League challenge after a fine run of form, and Benitez is confident his players have enough quality to avenge last season's Champions League defeat.

The five-times European champions have beaten Chelsea twice this season in the Premier League and Benitez said: "We have enough confidence to beat anyone."


  • tj - 2009-04-07 17:36

    remenber the last time he ran his mouth to fergie. does he ever learn, no

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-07 19:07

    benitez is a toss!

  • sagren narain - 2009-04-07 19:18

    crazy spaniard .... must be the garlic in his diet, this guy is a nut job. I am surprised that Liverpool retains his service.

  • richard - 2009-04-07 19:31

    well lets see who eats his words supermouth or supercoach the season is not over till the last game let him first beat chelsea but by the sounds of it he does not think so. united for the treble or is is it four or five liverpool maybe 2 if lucky

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-08 00:12

    Porto vs ManU (2-2) I think you united supporters should worry about the second leg and leave everyone else alone. Keep talking about your treble or 4 or 5 and you'll end up with egg on face!

  • Willy - 2009-04-08 07:11

    Who's eating humble pie now after last nights draw. Bye bye Man. Utd...Try again next season,maybe a decade or two... The tide has began to shift.

  • Carlsberg - 2009-04-08 07:42

    Guys, Benitez may say he doesn't play mind games, but that's exactly what he's doing. He's giving Fergie a taste of his own medicine so to say... And looking at what happened at Old Trafford i reckon it worked... He can be a mad scientist sometimes though

  • Boot room boy - 2009-04-08 08:17

    Let him have it Rafa........

  • Richard - 2009-04-08 08:26


  • CHILLI - 2009-04-08 08:35

    no other manager had the balls to step up to fergie, well done rafa. for 20yrs he thought he was gods gift to football.

  • Virgil - 2009-04-08 08:47

    sagren need help before it's to late. Rafa you the man.

  • Shankly's Kin - 2009-04-08 08:54

    It's excellent that Rafa says what he says. It keeps the game interesting. If Fergie plays mind games, then it's okay. If Rafa does it, he's a "Toss" or a mad man. Let Rafa be. This is war, and it's just as much Psychological as it is physical. The Allies and Nazi Germany also played mind games by means of propaganda. The great Bill Shankly also had his fair share of mind games and boasting ("There's only 2 great teams in Liverpool: Livepool... and the Liverpool Reserves!!!!" - stab at Everton). He did it with more style though, waxing lyrically. But please accept that mind games are always gonna be part of the game. And who knows, Rafa might turn out to be the Cerebral Assassin of Football. He is a good tactician, so why can't he be good at this? To United fans, please kick Porto's ass in the return leg!!! We have to meet in the Champion's League!! We can't miss each other, AGAIN! I know it'll be tough at the Dragao, but use the multi-million pound squad you guys have to pull it off. PLEEEEEEEAZZZZE!!!!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-08 09:23

    I love how this article makes it seem like Rafa is attacking Fergie, when infact, he is RESPONDING to Fergie's comments ! Well said Rafa - look, Fergie is a master at mind games, having done this to Wenger & Mourinho over the years, but now he has to compete with the Mighty Reds again & Rafa, and i'm sure he HATES that, hehe. Afterall, when he joined ManUre in 86', he admitted his goal was to knock us off our perch. Even his own son admitted recently that Fergie will NOT retire until he tries to beat 'Pool's records of 18 titles, 5 European Cups & 3 SuperCups. i LOVED his face when he shook hands with Rafa at old toilet after the 1-4 hiding ! BUT, he has been doing this longer than Rafa, so i would rather Rafa didn't respond in the press conferences but keep doing the awesome job he has recently on the pitch

  • croftys - 2009-04-08 09:31

    Who is actually scared of who? Who keeps coming out & bad mouthing Fergie.........Maybe Rafa is feeling a little rattled & everyone knows the best form of defence is attack, hence all the attacks on Fergie. Fergie has been doing this for years & has more experience than most, I don't think Rafa's snide little comments are goin to bother Fergie or United in the least. Perhaps it's the only way Rafa can get himself mentioned in the papers!!

  • arsenal supporter - 2009-04-08 09:44

    lol i have to admit it seems like pool are utd big bro...

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-08 09:53

    Rafa is a toss!! Trust Liverpool fans, their players and their coach to talk smack, although other than beating United (not the first team to do that) have done nothing worth mentioning. I hope Chelsea give you the hiding of your lives, useless scousers!!

  • Nazeem - 2009-04-08 10:20

    HAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..... After reading this article I havent stopped laughing!!! HAHAHAHAHA.... Fergie scared??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA... Now I know where the Liverpool fans get their attitude from.... HAHAHAHA.....

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-08 11:49

    Bottom line is that United are playing like a reserve team hence the reason a reserve player can step into their first team and score! I think their supporters should rather be quiet like they were up until the end of the Aston Villa game. Yesterday Ferguson stopped chewing on his chappie when Porto scored their second....He might swallow and choke on that chappie come end of the season!!!!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-08 12:42

    @chilli. alot of managers stepped up to fergie(mourinho,wenger etc..) and eventually failed! the same will happen to Rafa! everyone knows Fergie is the greatest manager in the history of english ball and Rafa is just a fly by nite who will die off soon just like all those who tried to take on SIR ALEX! hahaha benitez....wat a joke!

  • Scholesy - 2009-04-08 13:31

    What PL pedigree does Benitez have? Zilch, Nada, boggerol. When Liverpool finally win the PL then he can open his ignorant yap - in the meantime keep it shut because you look and sound like an idiot. Fergie has the pedigree to back up his comments. I used to say ABC (anyone but chelsea) but I'm fast starting to change my tune with this a-hole and his entourage. Go MANU! Stick it to them!

  • Wesley - 2009-04-08 13:43

    Benitez is just running his P bek, vaai from we'll see come end of the season.

  • nash - 2009-04-08 15:58

    Haha i got this from a manure supporter's blog, check it out if you don't believe me Man Unt and E-type jags 3:47PM, Wednesday, 08 Apr, 2009 Let me get this straight from the outset; I have been a Man U supporter since the mid '80s. I am not a sunny skies supporter, didn't jump on the bandwagon in the 90s etc etc. So here it goes... I am tired of my team. I am beginning to hate Manchester United. They have become like a beloved old sports car, say an E-type Jag, that is becoming less and less enjoyable to take out for a run, because of all the spluttering, jerking, hot air billowing from the engine and total breakdowns. And the crusty old Scots mechanic who always used to look after it for me is possibly going senile, installing no-name brand second-hand spares. Let's breakdown the cause of this irritation that has me nearly wishing that the Scouse scum will win the League this year, and that Porto put them (and me) out of our collective misery in the return leg next week: Ronaldo - how the mighty have fallen, and in the over-greased one's case, quite literally. Nowadays an opponent merely has to breathe too strongly on him and he falls over, holds onto his ankles, raising an arm in appeal. GET UP AND PLAY, YOU TWAT !!!! For goodness sake, sell him to Real for 100 million and buy a midfield whose names are actually mentioned by the commentator once in a while. Barcelona's will do nicely. JS Park - for the love of all things unholy, why does Fergie persist in playing him!!!! He runs around like one of those headless Korean chickens about to be added to the dog and rodent potjie, has zero ball retention skills, and cannot pass. John O'Shea - every time I see his name on the sheet in the starting line-up, I cringe and flip channels to see if there4's an interesting horse-jumping show on somewhere. HE'S FRIGGING USELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why can I see that, game in and game out, yet the highly paid staff at Old trafford cannot. He is without doubt the WORST player in the Premier League; when last did one of his passes actually FIND another United player? Micheal Carrick - in last night's first leg against Porto, the commentator mentioned his name for the first time in the 62nd minute...and he's supposed to be United's "midfield general"??? Scholes is well past his sell-by date, and is a liability, being so late on every tackle, he actually makes them in a previous game. I could go on - Neville, Fletcher, Ferdinand, but I won't. I think you get the point. So as much as I ran around the neighborhood naked and screaming after Macheda scored THAT goal on Sunday against Villa, I am appalled to realise that I am tired of my heroes, and am sadly hating to watch them play. What do I do? Watch show-jumping I suppose...

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-08 16:12

    fregie you idoit i think you should worry abt the 2nd leg with porto, than lfc game with chelsea...

  • Lezza - 2009-04-08 16:46

    What are these people on about Scholsey "pedigree...winning CL" was this man born last night... Liverpool has been Ranked by EUFA as the best team in Europe for the past five years... oh no I can guess you guys will say that Rafa is the Chairperson of that selection committee... Please get real Gentlemen and start looking at facts. Liverpool will undoubtedly roll over CFC and then Barca/ Bayern so no sweat we are well on our way to CL glory... MUFC start running scared (oh but you still have to go to Portugal) hang on to all your overgrown nails boys you will need something to too chew on when your earth collapses… hehehe.. PS: Both MUFC and CFC were taught a lesson in Home and Away fixtures... MUFC = 6 points to us.... CFC=6 point to us... need I say more

  • itumeleng - 2009-04-08 19:27

    liverpool is a super team wit the right players n an excellent manager like it or not

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-08 19:40

    Pls let the pensioner go rest he's run out of ideas, hail king rafa

  • Scholesy - 2009-04-08 22:43

    Liverpool 1 - Chelsea 3. Ja kry vir jou Rafa. hahhahaahhahaa. Liverpool always stuffs up after Rafa shoots his stupid mouth off. Keep it up. I love watching Liverpool lose. hahhahahahaha

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-09 08:29

    Hey Lezza and other Liverpuke supporters - I said it before and I will say it again...Liverpuke can only beat a top side if they have an additional man (or woman) on the day. Last night proved exactly that - now lets see how they get the officials to reduce CFC to 10 men or less so that they can score 3 goals at Chelsea. Oh and another thing, being rated #1 is not good enough - you have to have the trophies to show for it - and by the way stop bringing up Liverpool's past trophies and achievements - we are in the present and for the present moment MUtd have already bagged 2 trophies this season (3 if you include the opener against Portsmouth) and we still have a crack at another 3. Given it will be an uphill task against Porto in Portugal I would rather be in MU's shoes than wearing a LFC boot next Wed. Oh and another thing beating a 10 man United and Chelsea twice and a 10 man AFC and AVFC, does not make you (the fans not the club) champions - winning trophies does!!! Again lets not live of the past glory and show us how good LFC are (at the current moment) by winning the trophies - that's all that counts right - 5 year from now nobody will remember who come second or third or runner-up.

  • Scholesy - 2009-04-09 09:17

    BTW Lezza I was talking about PL pedigree i.e. Premier League NOT CL. Are you okes thick on top of it! You haven't won the PL (Premier League, Lezza) for donkeys years. Anyway you keep dreaming Lezza. They should call Anfield "the theatre of dreams" - cos thats all the PL (Premier League, Lezza) trophy will be to Liverpool - a dream.........hahahahhahaaaaa I love it!!!

  • nazeem - 2009-04-09 09:34

    Quite simply speaking, what Alex Ferguson has forgotten about football coaching and Management, Rafa is only now getting to grips with.. To even CONSIDER him in the same league as Sir Alex is idiotic... And it appears that Rafa is the biggest idiot what with all his delusions of grandeur.....

  • Spider - 2009-04-09 12:27

    What happened Lezza? Guess the roller wasn't working. Very quite now i see.

  • Bal15 - 2009-04-09 15:33

    Who cares what Benitez says, as long as he can guide LFC to another ChampsLeague or maybe even a Premiership title...Go Reds

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