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10th Oct 2015

Sir Alex Ferguson laughs as he reflects on Rafa Benitez’s famous “facts” rant

Simon Lloyd

We’re sure you’ve probably heard about it by now, but Sir Alex Ferguson has a new book coming out.

Whereas we might have heard plenty about ‘Leading’, America hasn’t – so Ferguson is currently in the US to promote his book there.

His appearance on Morning Joe saw Ferguson talk about a number of issues, ranging from Jose Mourinho’s current problems at Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers’ recent dismissal at Liverpool and David Moyes’ short-lived tenure at Old Trafford.

But the most intriguing aspect of the interview comes just after 18 minutes, when Ferguson is asked to reflect on how he successfully “got in the heads” of his opponents, specifically referring to former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez’s famous “facts” rant.

“It killed him because I didn’t need to say anything after that,” a grinning Sir Alex says, drawing laughter from the show’s presenter.

With Ferguson retiring over two years ago and Benitez now managing Real Madrid, w can’t help but wonder how Ferguson would have handled Liverpool’s latest manager, Jurgen Klopp.