There is still no love lost between Alex Ferguson and Rafael Benitez, who failed to shake hands following Manchester United and Chelsea’s 2-2 FA Cup quartefinal draw at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Chelsea recovered from a 2-0 deficit after halftime and looked much the better team, thanks in large part to changes Benitez made, bringingEden Hazard on for Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel for Frank Lampard early in the second half.
After the game, Benitez said he waited for Ferguson to shake hands but the Scot refused. Ferguson then blamed United’s poor second half on fatigue due to his team’s exertions against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League in midweek. “When you see teams giving the ball away the way we were then you have to understand the problem is the emotions and intensity of Tuesday night had taken its toll on one or two of the players, understandably,” Ferguson said. “And I have no problems with that part."
That response annoyed Benitez, because his team had traveled to Bucharest in the Europa League Round of 16 on Thursday. "I thought you were joking,” the Spaniard said on hearing of Ferguson’s excuse. “They were playing on Tuesday. We were playing on Thursday in Romania.”
The replay at Stamford Bridge hasn’t been scheduled yet.