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Man Utd boss Ferguson surprised Houllier took Villa job

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is surprised Gerard Houllier has taken the job at Aston Villa.

Never close to Rafa Benitez, Ferguson had more of a rapport with former Liverpool manager Houllier, whose return to the Premier League with Aston Villa has caught him slightly off guard.

"It is a surprise," said Ferguson.

"He has been out of the English game for quite a while and he had a nice position with the French FA.

"But I look forward to seeing him."

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