The long running feud between bitter managerial rivals Rafael Benitez and Sir Alex Ferguson was reopened on Sunday, as the Chelsea boss accused Ferguson of snubbing his attempt at a hand shake before the Chelsea played Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Benitez claimed that he went up to shake hands with the Manchester United manager but that Ferguson ignored his efforts and walked right by him.
The Chelsea interim manager said: “I was waiting at the beginning. It’s up to him, I was in the way waiting.”
When questioned as to why that might have happened, Benitez said: “Ask him – if you are brave enough ask him. It was his decision. I was ready and waiting. I have some education because I know a lot of people are watching so I know what I have to do.”
Benitez did not make a further attempt to shake Ferguson’s hand after the match, but defended his actions saying: “I was with my players celebrating.”
The Spaniard felt his Chelsea side deserved to win, having fought back from two goals behind to earn a 2-2 draw. The London side could have won the tie but for an excellent David de Gea save from Juan Mata just before the finish.
He added: “We analysed the game and we deserved to win. The first half we made two mistakes and conceded two goals but in the second half we were on top of them and had a lot of chances so it was a good game.”
Benetiz dismissed the notion that United had suffered from tiredness after their Champions League defeat by Real Madrid, saying: “I thought you were joking, they play on Tuesday, we play in Romania on Thursday.
“They had everything in their favour, they are playing at home, they played on Tuesday, we are coming from Romania and had to travel again so we did a great game and I’m really pleased with my players.”