Premier League – Benitez: Ferguson is ‘scared’

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has attacked Alex Ferguson again – saying the Manchester United boss is “scared” of Liverpool’s title challenge.

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The Spaniard on Friday accused Ferguson of being able to get away with attacking referees.

A day after his table-topping Liverpool side stuttered with a 0-0 draw at Stoke and ahead of the clash between United and Chelsea, Benitez said many other people feel the same way.

“For 20 years nobody could say these things, but maybe a lot of people are thinking the same as me. I do not regret saying it,” Benitez said.

“I can guarantee a lot of people have sent a lot of messages, not to me but to our staff and a lot of people in Liverpool. It is one person saying what everyone wants to say.

“But I was not thinking about what people think, I was thinking about my club and Mister Ferguson’s comments on Liverpool this season. You can understand why.

“I have known him for five years now and people are saying he is playing mind games. I think it is too early (for that).

“He is talking too much about Liverpool. He has to think about his own team, the problems they have and all the things they are doing.”

Asked if he thought Ferguson was nervous, Benitez responded: “Clearly”, before adding: “Maybe he is a little bit scared.”

A draw at Old Trafford on Sunday would suit Benitez, who will watch the match from the comfort of his armchair after his team went four points clear of Chelsea.

United are fourth, eight points in arrears of Liverpool but with three games in hand.

“I cannot change the game so I will stay at home, watch it on television and enjoy it,” he said. “It is clear both cannot win. We will see what happens. A draw could be a perfect result.”

TeamTalk / Eurosport

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