Sunday, January 11, 2009

One nil to Fergie in Benitez war of words...

The general consensus of the media, while many agree with the points raised in Rafa's double rant at Fergie is that the United manager has scored a victory, because Benitez has responded, in so doing, Liverpool needed to win at Stoke City on Saturday and of course that did not happen.

The press reaction to the 0-0 scoreline at the Britannia Stadium was greeted with headlines like "Cracking Up!” According former Liverpool captain Alan Hansen, the result has only served to increase the pressure on Benitez and his team following his bizarre rant at the United manager, who hadn't said anything which warranted such an outburst.

Let us remember that Fergie had simply stated that Liverpool are heading into uncharted waters in this season's title race and so they might well get nervous. There is nothing that provocative or wrong about that, the Red Devils manager was responding to questions from journalists. But it is true enough; there is often method behind Fergie's words. However, the FA has confirmed that they will be looking at the Liverpool manager's carefully worded rant this week. FA to investigate Rafa Rant.

On the wider issue of Benitez receiving moral support for his one man crusade against Fergie. Apart from the fact that the Liverpool manager is wrong when stating that Fergie always gets away with it, many in the media have personal axes to grind with the United manager because they have been banned from attending Fergie's press conferences. So it comes as no surprise that the Liverpool manager has been receiving moral support for his rant - even if many view the outburst as an own goal.

Ferguson appears to thrive on confrontation, it is a part of his management style, he will not back down from a fight when he believes he is right as the BBC have discovered to their cost.

The remainder of the season will be very interesting and of course later today United take on Chelsea, but given Liverpool's result yesterday, both teams will not be too concerned about the result at Old Trafford.

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