Ferguson happy with Benitez jibes

Alex Ferguson is happy for Rafael Benitez to keep aiming his verbal volleys at Manchester United because he trusts his players to avoid them.

Benitez has launched a series of scathing attacks on Ferguson since the turn of the year, the latest being a claim in Spain that the United manager is fearful of Liverpool because he knows they are a better side than his own.

It seemed like a strange comment in a week when United opened a three point lead at the Premier League summit, although it did maintain a feud Ferguson continued last week when he claimed Benitez had behaved with contempt towards Sam Allardyce for his reaction at a goal against Blackburn at Anfield recently.

But Ferguson has no wish to silence Benitez.

He prefers to let his team do the talking. And at the moment they are the ones shouting loudest.

"He is definitely saying a lot," said Ferguson of Benitez's jibes.

"But I am happy for him to carry on with it.

"I have to trust my players. I know they are good enough.

"I have trusted them for years now. That is why I have picked them.

"They are a good bunch of lads and we will just carry on the way we always have."

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