Rattled Ferguson babbles on

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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson seems to have been well and truly rattled by losing the war of words against his counterpart Rafa Benitez at Liverpool.

Since watching his side endure a humiliating 1-4 defeat at home to the Reds last Saturday, the 67 year old has claimed ‘œthe best side lost’ and blamed a 12.45pm kick-off for his side’s poor show.

Now he has decided to reveal his fear of Liverpool’s revival even more, discussing their spending power this summer ‘“ even making up figures to suit him.

He said, “I think you will see Rafa producing an absolute spending spree, now he has signed a new contract.

“There’s talk about a recession but I don’t think there will be one at Liverpool this year.”

“He’s well ahead of us in spending in the last five years,” Ferguson added. However, figures for net spending over the last five years on players show that Old Trafford has actually spent more than Anfield with £85.2m, compared to Liverpool’s £82.5million. Chelsea have spent £154.8m, and Arsenal only £3.4m.

But Ferguson has an opinion on this too. He added, “We have signed 18 players in the last five years and eight of those have been young players.

“There’s a balance, it’s about doing the thing correctly. We like to try to develop young players and we will always do that. That’s the nature of the club.

“Other clubs are maybe different and obviously Rafa has a different philosophy from mine. But that’s the great thing about football – everyone has a different way of doing things.”

Just stop talking, Mr Ferguson! Fulham vs Manchester Utd in the Premier League gets underway at 3pm.

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