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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan 12, 2009

Ferguson measured in response to Benitez

Sir Alex Ferguson decided not to give full vent to his anger at Rafael Benitez's amazing personal attack - for now the Manchester United boss is happy to let his team do the talking.

Should results go the Red Devils' way following their clinical 3-0 destruction of Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday, they will be top of the Premier League on Saturday night.

It is a position they might not relinquish either on the evidence of the past 48 hours, as Benitez starts to find out how hot it can get battling for a title.

''There was a lot of venom in what he has said,'' reflected Ferguson. ''I don't understand where it has come from.

''He is obviously disturbed about something. When he reflects on it he must realise what a ridiculous thing he is saying. But all I want to do is focus on my own team. If we can do that we have a big chance.''

Benitez might wish he had kept his mouth shut after watching United destroy Chelsea.

Once Nemanja Vidic had put the hosts in front just before the break, there was only going to be one outcome, with Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov adding second-half efforts.

Not that the England striker was entirely happy following a controversial decision to rule out a Cristiano Ronaldo header just before Vidic struck, the officials deciding Rooney had not taken his audacious corner correctly before Ryan Giggs crossed.

''The linesman got it wrong,'' argued Rooney. ''I didn't see a problem with it, it is something we practise in training.''

Ferguson was equally non-plussed, although Vidic's goal ensure there were no complaints from United at the break.

Rooney admitted he just took a swing and hoped as he could not see the ball when it flicked off Berbatov's head in the build-up to United's second.

It merely confirmed Ferguson's team were operating at a different level to their visitors.

United now prepare to entertain in-form Wigan on Wednesday, with Rooney claiming it might have been a pivotal weekend.

''After watching Liverpool draw on Saturday, we got exactly the result we needed,'' he said.

''If we do our jobs right and win our two games we could be top of the league on Saturday. It is down to us now because it is something we want. We want to look at that table on Saturday and be top.''

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