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Man United Boss Claims Liverpool Manager Benitez Is Talking Bollocks!

Let the mind games begin!

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has taken a new swipe at Liverpool rival Rafa Benitez.

Ferguson claims Benítez is obsessed with him rather than the other way round.

“I have never said a word about him,” he told the Observer. “The only time I responded was when he made that gesture with Sam Allardyce [the crossing of the hands to suggest that Liverpool’s game with Blackburn was won the moment they went two goals up].

“There was no doubt he was doing that. Liverpool were too quick to come out and respond that he was signalling they should take a free-kick a different way. That was b******s. Absolute b******s.” (Observer)

Blimey this has all started a bit early hasn’t it? Sir Alex is a master at this mind game malarkey but I think he has slightly damaged his reputation by bothering to rise to the bait during close season. Also his claim that he has ‘never said a word about him’ clearly convieniently about his previous riposte after Benitez had claimed that Man United get the rub of the green from officials, I believe on that occasion Ferguson even alluded to the Liverpool boss being ‘mad’.

However I must say that the whole Blackburn incident didn’t strike me as a) an incident that has never happened before and b) not that big a deal. Why is it so bad for a manager to indicate to his player’s that the game as a contest is done so they can take the foot off the pedal? It’s quite sensible really and is probably something that is uttered in half time team talks or amongst management teams on the bench.

I guess it makes things more interesting when you have strong characters as manager’s who are not afraid to say it how they see it. Carlo Ancelotti is no mug when it comes to this type of baiting so the season ahead could well be one for maximum mind games. Arsene Wenger will also be keen to interject when necessary.

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