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Liverpool a better side than Manchester United claims Rafa Benitez
Published : 24 Apr 2009 08:50:44
Speaking to the Spanish newspaper ABC, Benitez claimed he was not deliberately entering in to confrontation with Ferguson but observed that no one has stood up to the United manager in the past. United returned to the top of the Premier League table this week after victory over Portsmouth, with Liverpool three points back having played a game more than the reigning champions. Related ArticlesCarrick urges Tevez to stayPremier League team news'United have title in bag'United allay Ferdinand injury fearsUnited linked with DodoFerguson to shuffle packThough he refuses to concede the title, Benitez must know that the chances of Liverpool overhauling United are slim. However, the duel between the two managers is almost as compelling as that between their respective teams. 'I'm not having a battle of words with Alex Ferguson,' said Benitez, 'but I believe that he can see that we are the better side, and that we are very close to United. 'He has been accustomed to playing these types of mind games for many years. 'Nobody has ever said anything against him, or stood up to him, as he has a very good team that can win trophies. 'It seems like he has a licence to do these sorts of things. 'I try not to talk too much. But all I do when I speak is to defend my own team. 'I did not say that he seems frightened. But I said that he looks nervous, as he can see that we are very close to his team.' Benitez has committed himself to Liverpool until 2014 after signing a much debated new contract and will continue his team building in the summer, with a likely raid on the Spanish market. 'I always said that I was very keen to continue at Liverpool,' he said. 'I just had to discuss a few matters relating to the job of being a manager in England, including the power to take part in transfer negotiations and to make decisions. 'I did not have these prerogatives, but we resolved the matter. I always say that if a club wants to convince a player to join them, the person he has to speak to is the manager. 'I'm working every day with our scouting department and our coaching staff, weighing up the future of every one of our players and the possibilities of bringing in new ones. 'Will I look in Spain? I have always said that Spanish players have fully demonstrated their qualities – and that they are at the highest possible level.'