Pair have endured a fractious relationship over the years.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has attempted to once again reignite his long-running feud with fellow coach Rafa Benitez, who takes his Chelsea side to Old Trafford for a crucial Premier League encounter on Sunday afternoon, reports the Daily Mirror.
The two trainers have not seen eye to eye since the Spaniard’s now infamous press-conference rant about the United boss while he was in charge of the Red Devils’ fierce rivals Liverpool in January 2009.
And the veteran Scot could not resist the opportunity to take another swipe at the one-time Valencia and Inter Milan boss ahead of the two clubs’ showdown in the north west this weekend, claiming that Benitez was only interested in beefing up his CV so as to make him look good to any potential clubs on the look-out for a new manager.
“He is very concerned about his CV. He refers to it quite a lot,” Ferguson said in his press conference before the game.
However, the United manager did go on to recognise Benitez’s achievement in guiding Chelsea to the final of this season’s Uefa Europa League, adding: “But you can’t dispute the fact he has done a good job in the last few weeks.
“The key to it is that the fans have settled down a little bit. They have left him alone. He has got on with managing his job.
“It can’t be easy, listening to pressure from the fans all the time.
“They have eased up. It has allowed him to relax and they have produced some good results.”