Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson feels Liverpool gave Rafa Benitez extra time in charge thanks to his Champions League victory.

Ferguson spoke to Sirius XM about Benitez's time at Liverpool.

"Winning the European Cup gave Benítez some leeway for a few years," he said of the former Liverpool manager.

"The European Cup is very important for Liverpool - they've won it five times - and that's why Rafa survived as long as he did, because the fact is they had a lot of bad results at the time."

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