Manchester United immortal Sir Alex Ferguson hasn't let retirement stop him from a trademark swipe at ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, labelling the Spaniard as a "silly man" and a "control freak", according to The Daily Star.
The intense rivalry between the pair came into the media spotlight on many occasions during their six-year war of words while Benitez was in charge at Liverpool, including a memorable rant in which he claimed a number of digs at Ferguson as "fact".
In his new book which to be released today, the 71-year-old classified the Napoli boss as a "silly man" due to the heated tantrum he unleashed during a conflict-ridden period he believes Benitez saw as a direct battle between the two managers.
Ferguson claims his long-term success gave him a head start on the personal feud his nemesis started, which inevitably led to his downfall.
“The advance publicity was that Benitez was a control freak, which turned out to be correct,” Ferguson wrote in his new book.
“The mistake he made was to turn our rivalry personal. Once you made it personal, you had no chance because I could wait. I had success on my side.”
The 13-time Premier League champion also doubted the ability of other ex-Reds managers - branding Graeme Souness as a "good guy but impetuous" in addition to doubting the transfer market acumen of Kenny Dalglish during his second reign at the club.
Former Liverpool winger Stewart Downing provided Sir Alex with the perfect example to solidify his viewpoint on 'King Kenny'.
“Downing had talent but was not the bravest or quickest. £20 million?”
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