Ferguson fans flames of Benitez row

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Sir Alex Ferguson has urged Rafael Benitez to start doing something better with his spare time.

The Manchester United boss has finally reacted to Benitez's repeated attacks, accusing the Spaniard of 'arrogance' and treating old friend Sam Allardyce with contempt.

"I don't know what he does in his spare time but he is certainly not using it in the right way," said Ferguson. "He has put himself in a powerful position at Liverpool. He wants control of all the transfers. The reason, I don't know. But it's the last thing I'd want."

However, it is not the internal politics at Anfield that concern Ferguson.

It is Benitez's general behaviour and dealings with fellow Premier League managers.

And, after causing irritation with his dismissal of David Moyes' work at Everton, who tackle United in the FA Cup at Wembley on Sunday, Benitez went a step too far with his reaction to Liverpool's second goal against an injury-ravaged Blackburn at Anfield on Sunday.

Under the circumstances, Ferguson felt Benitez's reaction, a wave of the arms to signal the game was over, was unwarranted and unacceptable.

"Benitez said Everton are a small club, which just points to his arrogance," said Ferguson. "But it is one thing to show the arrogance he did. What you cannot forgive is the contempt for Sam Allardyce last week when Liverpool scored the second goal.

"I don't think Sam deserved that. He is a guy who has worked so hard for the LMA (League Managers' Association), looking after young players. He had a weakened team and to get that kind of contempt....I don't think any other Liverpool manager would have done that. It was beyond the pale.

"I am surprised no-one picked up on it. You would never get me doing something like that. You should respect managers. At times you have to have humility."

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