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Ferguson slams Rafa

MANCHESTER United manager Alex Ferguson launched an attack on Liverpool counterpart Rafa Benitez yesterday, accusing the Spaniard of showing contempt toward other clubs and arrogance.

Ferguson, whose team is one point ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League title race, said Benitez was arrogant in describing Liverpool neighbor Everton as a small club.

"Everton are a big club, not a small one, which Benitez arrogantly said," Ferguson said.

"But arrogance is one thing. You cannot forgive contempt, which is what he showed (Blackburn manager) Sam Allardyce last weekend.

"When Liverpool scored their second goal (in a 4-0 victory), he signaled as if the game was finished," said Ferguson. "I do not think Sam deserved that. In my experience, no Liverpool manager has ever done that. It was beyond the pale."

Ferguson's comments are the latest in a verbal conflict between the two managers.

In January, Benitez accused Ferguson of intimidating referees and claimed the Scot was dealt with too leniently by the English Football Association for his remarks.

Meanwhile, Hertha Berlin striker Andriy Voronin, on loan from Liverpool, said he expects to return to England at the end of the season.

Voronin would like to stay on in Berlin after scoring 11 goals in the Bundesliga this season, but the Ukrainian said the two clubs could not agree on a deal.

"On the matter of my contract there has been no movement in Berlin," he told Bild newspaper. "Liverpool made a good offer which Hertha did not accept. It is a shame that it may not go through."


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