It seems there will be no let up in the feud between Sir Alex and Rafa Benitez, despite Benitez no longer being in direct competition.
Sir Alex most recently sniped ‘He (Benitez) is jobless and not my friend’ and now the Spaniard has fired back claiming United’s success is down to money and not Sir Alex, who enters his 25th year in charge in November.
The Spaniard ran Sir Alex close in the 08/09 season with Liverpool but ultimately came up short but despite this, he told BBC Radio Merseyside:
“You can be the best in the press conference, but after, if you have a bad team you will lose. It’s easy to talk about mind games when he [Ferguson] has a good team and he has won, and that was the case”.
When it was argued that Sir Alex was the main reason for United’s success, Benitez retorted,
“No, I think it’s the money they [Man United] were spending. If you analyse the transfer record and the history…Rooney, or Ferdinand, for example…£30m! £30m for a young player or a centre back. Every year they [Man United] are very well-off. It’s not just because of the interviews or the press conferences; it’s because they had money”.
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