Benítez is ‘very lucky’ to get Chelsea job, says Man United’s Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson claims Rafael Benítez is "very lucky" to have been given the chance to win five trophies at Chelsea this season

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Rafael Benítez is “very lucky” to have landed the Chelsea job because of the silverware on offer to the Spaniard this season.

Benítez was unveiled as the Blues’ new interim boss on Thursday and has the chance to help the west Londoners win the Fifa Club World Cup next month, the first of five trophies on offer this term.

And the Manchester United manager says the former Liverpool boss is fortunate to have the opportunity to win silverware after having “nothing to do with the construction” of the team at Stamford Bridge.

“Rafa Benítez is very lucky because on his CV in two weeks’ time he could have two world club titles to his name [he won one with Inter] and had nothing to do with the teams,” said Ferguson.

“Jose Mourinho won the Treble at Inter; Rafa took over and they won the world title without having to do anything.

“He had nothing to do with the construction of the teams – that’s why I really feel disappointment for Roberto [Di Matteo] – he could have an FA Cup, Champions League and Club World Cup on his CV. It’s a pity for him.”

Benítez’s first game in charge at Stamford Bridge will be the visit of defending champions Manchester City on Sunday.

And Ferguson is naturally hoping the Blues can get a result against Roberto Mancini’s men.

“Benítez has been trying to get a job for a long time,” he added. “I hope he is lucky on Sunday too! It happens time and time again when a new manager comes in they win their first few games.

“We’ve seen it before, it’s a strange thing how it happens. Sometimes you wonder if it encourages chairmen at football clubs to make changes because they think if we get a new manager we’ll win the next two or three games. History tells you that but you never know.”

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