Feud between pair rekindled after FA Cup draw at Old Trafford.
Chelsea interim boss Rafa Benitez says his Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson ignored their handshake ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford.
The pair have a fraught relationship, dating back to Benitez’s time in charge of Liverpool, and old tensions surfaced once again before and after the 2-2 draw in Manchester.
“I was waiting for him at the beginning, so you should ask him. I have education. I was ready,” Benitez told BBC Sport.
“It’s up to him. I was in the way waiting. If you are brave enough, ask him.
“I know a lot of people were watching and I knew what to do.”
The latest row follows Ferguson’s claim last week that it was not his ‘style’ to kick Benitez when he was ‘lying down’, when asked to comment on the Spaniard’s increasing struggles at Stamford Bridge.
The Scot had previously described the former Valencia and Inter Milan boss as a “lucky manager”, after Benitez replaced Roberto Di Matteo in west London.
The animosity between Ferguson and the Spaniard, previously on good terms, dates back to a row when Benitez was in charge at Anfield.
The then Liverpool boss accused Ferguson of receiving preferential treatment from footballing authorities, telling journalists: “Everyone can see that I’m talking about facts. I’m just saying things that everybody can see.”
The pair again failed to shake hands at the final whistle but Benitez said it was because he was celebrating with his players.
Substitute Eden Hazard and Ramires scores in the second-half to ensure a replay for Chelsea, after Javier Hernandez and the recalled Wayne Rooney had put United in charge before half-time.