Some people described it as a ‘mad rant’, while others were less kind with their verdict on Rafael Benitez’s outburst in front of the media a few weeks ago. The Liverpool manager clearly had to get something off his chest as he verbally tore into Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming that his opposite number was untouchable when it came to being disciplined.
While Fergie refused to fan the flames, describing Benitez’s comments as simply ill-judged and something the Spaniard would later come to regret, one of his charges has claimed that Rafa has once again fallen victim to the mind games of the Manchester United boss. Sporting Life report that Rio Ferdinand is of the opinion that the Pool gaffer ‘fell into a hole’ when he started reeling off a list of so-called ‘facts’ a few weeks ago.
The England defender said: “He fell into the hole. That’s something big in football, the psychology.”
While few have suggested that Benitez’s outburst was the most considered thing he could have done, he was merely voicing what a lot of other managers, players and supporters also believe to be true. The Liverpool manager wasn’t actually responding to anything that his opposite number at Manchester United had said, and with the Reds beating Chelsea at the death last Sunday, at least people can’t continue labouring the point that Pool haven’t won since Rafa’s comments.
What do you think? Did Benitez get sucked into ‘the hole’ or did he just accurately point out that the Manchester United could probably murder someone in cold blood and get away with it?