Deconstructing the Fergie-Benitez-BWFM Triangular Puzzle

A picture speaks a thousand word. A video speaks, well shows, depending on its length, anything between 10 and quadrillion images. So let’s do this with video exhibits.

Exhibit I:

Inference: Arrogance, good. Contempt, bad. Contempt for Big Walrus-faced manager, worse. Who better to explain contempt and arrogance than our own beloved master mind gamer. (I just made that sound like a cool futuristic game, didn’t I?) On a completely unrelated tangent, regarding contempt and arrogance, it is quite possible that some unhappy men could summon up the courage to walk up to him and say, “Mr Pot, meet Mr. Kettle”. But that will be in a parallel universe, which is why this is an irrelevant tangent.

Exhibit II:

Inference: “I know. We make the best lasgane. Deal with it. Prepared in no time and served by me, the best waiter in Spain.” (Read these lines in conjunction with the video. Helps deconstruct the inner workings of the portly gentleman on view. If it does not, well, humour me now, will you!)

Exhibit III:

Inference: It seems our lasagne inference was wrong after all. It was the wine, Big Walrus-faced manager was after. The crossover of hands meant, no wine for you, making a subtle reference to the soup Nazi. Now anyone being denied the best wine from the best waiter of Spain is bound to be disappointed.

Since this post follows an almost Tarantinoesque non-linear narrative, exhibit I would actually come between II and III in the real world timeline, as Big walrus-faced manager works very hard (but is denied his wine). So Big walrus-faced manager does his press conference while holding onto straws handed over to him by a Scotsman returning from possibly a productive day at the Grand National.

It’s what old friends would do anyway.


  1. @Gabriel: Yes, the post was tongue in cheek, and glad you liked it, but seriously, I sort of agree with Craig in that this whole thing was an entirely unnecessary and pointless exercise. I mean, who the fuck needs to care about Big Sam?! The media will call Fergie/Sam out on this and, for once, it’s not entirely unjustified, especially considering we could have kept our mouth shut and gone about our business until we string in a few convincing wins.

    @RedDevilEddy: Hope you remember us mortals the day you get into the first team at United ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. All I have to say is, take Arsenal lightly at your own peril. They have the 4th seat sown up, but the league is obviously out of the question. They also are now out of the FA cup, so the CL is all they have to play for now. So for those of you expecting us to just roll over Arsenal need to waken up. We have been sputtering for a while and until today Arsenal were the form team in the league. I am just hoping that the porto result is a sign of good things to comes and that we are ready to stop conceding goals.

  3. @Red Ranter: Big Sam has always been one of the few managers Fergie can truly call a good friend and so he stood by him. I admire him for it and I do not think it makes a hill of beans difference to the race. If anything, it will make the fat waiter think twice about how he acts and about the lack of respect he has shown the Premier League since his arrival. Even if the whole thing was making too much out of nothing.

  4. @Grognard: I know, but my point was that he brought it up entirely out of the blue. In fact Big Sam actually spoke about it after SAF brought it up. So I don’t get the need for standing up for him unless Sam himself talks about it to the media and then Fergie were to defend it. There’s friendship, and there is United. Two different things in my opinion. I feel convinced that Fergie finds it necessary to jump at Benitez at any opportunity, and that to me means that he’s beginning to accord a semblance of respect to Rafa. He is bound to play mind games and I don’t have a problem with that, but mind games have a lot to do with context and timing. I just felt he was off on the timing on this a bit, but it is a pretty rare instance of him getting it wrong.

  5. @Red Ranter: Could that not be down to press conference scheduling? i dont see how BS mentioning it after saf makes this any better or worse of a situation…

  6. @Red Ranter: I don’t know RR. If you look at Fergie closely in that interview and you also listen to him closely, he was very mad and he seemed a little emotional. I think he really believes in his heart that Rafa disrespected Sam and I’ve known for years now that Big Sam and Fergie are pretty close. I’m sure they talked about the incident over the phone or over a glass of wine. Fergie just decided to take it further and humiliate Rafa in the eyes of many by pointing out his actions as being disrespectful. As I said earlier, I may hate Rafa a lot but I never saw anything super malicious in Rafa’s gesture therefore, I do feel it is a case of overreaction due to stress and due to genuine dislike for Rafa by Fergie.

    Everyone is talking about how Fergie gets under Rafa’s skin. I say it’s the other way around. Fergie is an old school individual who believes in a certain code of conduct and in his eyes, Rafa has crapped all over that code. So timing or mind games have nothing to do with this in my opinion. This stuff is coming out of a genuine vendetta and real dislike for the man and I think it’s just the beginning. I think we are really going to see a war of words next season. If it was mind games, he would have saved it for a time when we were about to play them. Nope, I think Fergie was truly pissed off.

  7. @Dan: He is. His strongest strenght was free-kicks and crosses, but as time went on his passing and power on shots becamse much greater. Bad thing though, he was always a little afraid when heading the ball… Closing his eyes and kind of a pussy when going into duels in the air. But on the ground he is very good.

    You should come to Norway some time, its really great here! The nature is fantastic, and its not too warm. And even though some girls may be uglier than Tevez, the pretty ones are hot as the sun! ๐Ÿ˜‰ They aint too clever either… (Hope my GF doesnt read this! ๐Ÿ˜† )

    Seriously, you should consider coming here some time. There aint too much to do in Oslo, except from going to clubs, big stores or being in “the centre of attention”. Its easy to make people see you here, you just have to do something clever. From what I have seen, we aint too good when it comes to judgement… ๐Ÿ˜ณ Dance on the street, ask for money or rob a bank, as long as you do it stylishly people will give you an applause!

    If you wanna see nature and enjoy the beauties of this country, you should see the fjords in the North-West, or the mountains in the centre of the country. Trondheim or Trรธndelag is great for skiing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. @Grognard: The overreaction, stress that you talk about are primarily borne out of the fact that Rafa is a serious contender now in Fergie’s eyes, and his outburst has brought it out in the open that Fergie is letting it actually affect him. It’s much ado about nothing though, and he’s looking at something seemingly harmless to launch into Benitez. I think that’s an attempt at mind games that is ill timed. He may be genuinely miffed at Rafa and may have taken Big Sam’s feelings to heart, but history has shown him to reign in those feelings strategically and bring them out in the open when the time was right. He may have thought it right to air it out now, but I found the effect jarring. So I am of the opinion that he’s got it wrong now.

    We may go on to win everything and Rafa may have an egg on his face, but I don’t really get the point of this outburst, to be honest.

  9. @Dan: All I am saying is for him to bring it up only when Big Sam actually brings it up. We have plenty of press conferences now considering we’ll be playing almost every 3-4 days.

  10. @Red Ranter: Do I know you? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Nah, just kidding mate. This place has become like a… eh… family is maybe the closest word my vocabulary can get to. ๐Ÿ˜€ So I would never stop writing on this place, because I think its truly awsome! The bonding many of us here have gotten is pretty amazing, and I feel free to talk about personal problems as well as what is within the footballing discussion. So I would never leave this place, and if I got in THE DREAM I could be your mole( words of Dan ๐Ÿ˜› ).

  11. @Matt: Thanks mate! Im trying hard, and for now I am doing everything I can do to realise my dream. Thankfully the knowledge of fellow freinds getting into big clubs drives me on to try harder and to get spotted. What may ruin it for me is that Im too much of a team player, and Im not shining like Ronaldo, Ronaldinho or, for that manner, Solskjรฆr were. As a defender I cant dribble past a whole team, I cant be showing my goalscoring skills from open play, I dont get the ball as much as a midfielder or striker does, so its hard. Magnus is a midfielder, the Arsenal guy is a striker and the one going to Inter for a trial is a winger. Soooooooooooooooooooooo ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜•

    But Im doing what I can, as a player and person. ๐Ÿ˜€ Ive never been pessimistic of a thing, so I wont give up. If there is one thing being a United supporter has taught me, its to never give up… ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  12. god how would i love to see kaka in a united shirt but thats never going to happen ๐Ÿ™

  13. @ROOOOONEY: Who needs Kaka to replace Ronaldo when we have Nani and Park? ๐Ÿ™„ Seriously, I think Ronaldo will stay. I hate Real, and Im sure Fergie is to. So for Ronaldo to go to Real, it would need something very drastic to happen.

    I feel that its as likely for Ronaldo to move directly to Real as it is for Torres to move directly to United.

  14. ya it might be his dream to move to real , but he is not stupid to move to a team that cant compete on many competitions. Kaka is just one of those players i love , doesnt have to be ronaldo’s replacement! just get him!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  15. @ROOOOONEY: Agree. If we could play more of that 4-2-3-1 formation, with a trio of Kaka, Rooney and Ronaldo behind a quality striker, I cant see how we could play so many 1-0 games.

    …. I have to make some transfers in FIFA 09… ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜›

  16. @RedDevilEddy: You sound like a travel agent ๐Ÿ˜›

    @RedDevilEddy: You know, i have never tried that formation, mine has always been a 4-2-4, 4 defenders, a CM/CDM(currently a CM) and a CAM, 2 wingers, a CF and finally, a ST. That is such an attacking formation, so much that often i have to balance it out by setting my teams mentality to defensive.

  17. @Dan: What can I say? I like Norway, its a beautiful country with lots to do. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ive tried out different formations in FIFA 09. First off is a 4-4-2 which gets changed to 4-3-3 because I play with 4 defenders, 2 cms, 1 LM, 1 RW and two strikers up front. Then I played a normal 4-3-3, Barcelona style. Then 5-3-2, ๐Ÿ˜ฏ , but now I have settled for a 4-2-3-1 formation for most games.


    I tend to use Carrick as midfielder instead of Anderson, and put him in CAM. I awlays play Rooney and Ronaldo, but the striker situation changes… In manager mode I rotate with these players:

    GK: VDS, Foster

    RB: Rafael, Eddy

    CB: Rio, Vidic, Evans, Brown

    LB: Evra, Fabio

    RM: Ronaldo, Nani

    CM: Anderson, Hargreaves, De Rossi, Carrick

    LW: Rooney, A. Young

    CAM: Anderson, Giggs, Kaka

    ST: Benzema, Welbeck, Berbatov, Macheda

    Pretty good team.

  18. @Red Ranter: Amen to that! Someone else who can see that Fergie has not done himself or United any favour by bringing that stuff out at this particular time. Especially as he was meddling in other Managers businesses – namely big Sam and Moyes. Let them fight their own battles – our focus should be on our lot!

  19. @Grognard: What I detest is that these petty war games are being peddled through the press. WTF can’t grown men face up to each other, yeah face to face, toe to toe and have it out. That’s what I do if I am miffed and have something to say to my mates, I confront them, and not go thru mediators – its pathetic all this speaking out to the world. What a bunch of big girls blouses. Fergie is from the dockyards of tough Glasgow for heavens sake, they would eyeball to eyeball you and speak right into your face. Then that would be it. Present behaviour from Managers in this country are utterly school boyish and pathetic. How do they expect their players and fans to focus on the team and football matters, when THEY DON’T? ๐Ÿ™„ .

  20. A few prematch comments made by big Sam which contradicts his apparent sensitive side since!

    “But from my point of view, it doesn’t matter one way or the other what other managers say and it never has done.

    “I’ve managed to psyche out a few managers in my time, but nobody has ever psyched me out.

    “I don’t give a damn what they say before, during or after a game, but there have been occasions when I have shoved it on the notice board for the players and it has made a difference for them.”

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