Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Ferguson rubbishes Benitez claim

Sir Alex Ferguson, left, insists he did not refuse to shake the hand of Rafael Benitez, right

Sir Alex Ferguson has branded allegations that he refused to shake Rafael Benitez's hand ahead of Manchester United's FA Cup tie with Chelsea last week as "absolute nonsense".

Benitez made his complaints immediately after the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford last Sunday. The Chelsea interim manager claimed he had been waiting for Ferguson, who then completely ignored him.

However, whilst there is little love lost between the pair, the United manager insists he would never ignore a handshake. Ferguson said: "It is absolute nonsense."

He continued: "Why wouldn't I shake hands? Have you ever seen me not shake hands with anyone?

"I never saw him. I was signing autographs at the front and there was an Indian lad who always wants to shake hands before a game because he says it brings me luck.

"If he (Benitez) wanted to shake my hand he could have stood in front of me.

"I don't know why he has said that. It is nonsense."

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