Benitez scorns Ferguson after Chelsea’s comeback 2-2 draw against Man Utd
Old rivals scorned and spitted at each other as they locked horns at the Old Trafford on Sunday. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson saw his side grab a 2-0 lead over Chelsea, but Rafael Benitez and Co. made a brilliant comeback in the second-half to the draw the game at 2-2 at the final whistle.
Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney scored first for Manchester United before Eden Hazard and Ramires leveled the plain. An exuberant Rafael Benitez showered praise on all of his players after the game, but the Spaniard was bitter over Sir Alex Ferguson’s treatment to him at the end of the game.
Rafael Benitez claims Sir Alex Ferguson’s refusal to shake hands after the game was an act of reigniting the fire between the two managers. Rafael Benitez has been a disrespected and scorned figure within Manchester United ranks since the Spaniard’s days at Liverpool. Rafael Benitez’s admittance to Chelsea has made no improvements to his reputation in the eyes of Sir Alex Ferguson.
In the light of this newly-lit battle Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Rafael Benitez’s second-half substitutions, Eden Hazard and John Obi Mikel, had nothing to do with Manchester United’s downfall. The Scotsman believes his side was still exhausted from their Tuesday defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League. On the other hand, Rafael Benitez ridiculed such claims.
“I thought you were joking,” Rafael Benitez replied to Sir Alex Ferguson’s claims. “They played on Tuesday, we played in Romania on Thursday. They were playing at home. They had everything in their favor.”
Rafael Benitez also confirmed he wanted to shake Sir Alex Ferguson’s hand after game but the Scotsman walked straight past him towards the locker-rooms after the game ended.
“I was waiting,” Rafael Benitez explained. “I have some education. I know a lot of people are watching, so I know what you have to do.”
Chelsea supporters chanted “you don’t know what you’re doing” when Rafael Benitez decided to bring Eden Hazard for Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel for Frank Lampard in the second-half. However, the Spaniard’s critics were silenced as soon as Eden Hazard struck a brilliant curler into the back of the net.
“I'm a professional and we were going to Romania and I knew we had players who were a little bit tired and we had to manage them. We knew we had to make some substitutions and we did it. I cannot explain every single decision [to the fans],” Rafael Benitez said.