Benitez Makes Peace With Ferguson

23 05 2009

Exclusive by Paul Byrne, Daily Mirror, 23 May 2009

fergiebenitezRafa Benitez has made peace with Sir Alex Ferguson in a private letter. The pair have been at loggerheads all year, but the Liverpool boss wrote to Fergie after the Manchester United manager’s grandson was badly injured in a car crash. Benitez, a father of two girls, wrote offering his help while 10-year-old Charlie Ferguson is at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool


An Anfield insider said: “There is an intense football rivalry between them, but that’s all it is – a football rivalry. Everything that has been said has been designed to gain an edge on the pitch. But when it comes to matters like this, Rafa is a family man who understands exactly what Sir Alex is going through.


“He wants to help any way he can. Rafa knows how difficult it must be, and he feels for a fellow manager who he respects as a person and a family man himself.” Charlie underwent a six-hour operation following the crash in which his mother Nadine, ex-wife of Ferguson’s son Darren, was also hurt earlier this month. The relationship between Benitez and Ferguson broke down when the Liverpool manager launched an extraordinary attack on his rival at the turn of the year. They have since taken regular verbal swipes at each other.


But the letter will help build bridges and another source said: “Rafa wanted Sir Alex to know that if he or his family needed anything while the youngster was in Liverpool, they only had to ask.”

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