Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez may be on the football scrapheap at the moment but is certainly not forgotten by Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson who had no hesitation in continuing his feud with the Spaniard – while defending Jose Mourinho’s confrontational managerial style. Ferguson saw a picture of Benitez during an interview in an Italian newspaper office and said “He is jobless and he is not my friend.” On the other hand Sir Alex says he is a close pal of Mourinho, tipped to follow him at Old Trafford but whose success has been blighted by disciplinary problems with the football authorities.
“Jose is a good friend of mine” Ferguson admitted “he doesn’t hide his emotions. I like that in human beings. The good thing about Jose is he can laugh at himself. After a game we have a glass of wine, we talk about a million things. He is a good man but is young, maybe in four or five years time he will be more calm.”