Fergie reckons Benitez manages the most boring football sides he’s ever faced…
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has ripped into previous managerial rival Rafael Benitez, who was in charge of Liverpool for five seasons.
The legendary Scottish boss, who served at United for 27 years, is set to release his autobiography in the coming months, and the Daily Mail have serialised some of his quotes.
“Liverpool were the most unimaginative Liverpool side I ever went up against,” said the legendary Scottish boss.
Ferguson and Benitez famously didn’t get on, and fought each other in the media tooth and nail during the 2008/09 season, as both sides challenged for the Premier League title. Benitez cracked first, giving a strange press conference in which he questioned the integrity of his rival. United went on to win the title, with Liverpool faltering at the end of the campaign.
“The mistake he made was to turn our rivalry personal. Once you made it personal, you had no chance, because I could wait. I had success on my side,” Ferguson continued.
While he clearly doesn’t think much of the Spanish boss on a personal level, he did admit that Benitez’s sides never “throw in the towel”.
Ferguson didn’t think much of this defensive style though…
“Benitez had more regard for defending and destroying a game than winning it,” he added.
The Spanish boss is now in charge at Napoli, and the Italian club are doing very well, flying high in Serie A.