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Benitez prickly at the Hawthorns

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Anyone who felt the on-going row between Rafael Benitez and Sir Alex Ferguson was going to end in pleasantries was proved to be sadly mistaken after Liverpool's 2-0 win that relegated West Brom.

Benitez is clearly not prepared to take a leaf out of his vice-captain Jamie Carragher's book and kiss and make up after a row. The Liverpool defender had been involved in a remarkable pushing match with colleague Alvaro Arbeloa in the second half as West Brom mounted one final show of defiance before accepting their fate.

But Carragher said: "We have both kissed and made up in the dressing room, that's all there is to it."

However, having traded insults with Ferguson throughout the season - in particular during and after his infamous "these are the facts" rant in December - was not prepared to offer personal congratulations to Ferguson after Manchester United's 18th title triumph.

The Spaniard was given two opportunities at Sunday's post-match press conference at The Hawthorns to do so - and pointedly declined.

Benitez said: "I will say congratulations to Manchester United. They have done well, but I do not want to say too much.

"I prefer just to say well done to the club, a big club, a good club.

"Normally you have to be polite and respect the other manager. During the season we have seen a lot of things that I didn't like, so that's it.

"I say congratulations to United because they have won. And that's it."

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