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"Benítez could win two world titles without doing anything"

"Benitez is very lucky. Mourinho won the treble at Inter; Rafa took over and they won the world title without having to do anything. I hope he is lucky against Manchester City on Sunday."

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"Benítez could win two world titles without doing anything"

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has remarked that Rafa Benítez is "lucky", after the Spaniard landed the Chelsea job just a month before the West Londoners are due to compete in the World Club Cup.

Benítez won the tournament with Inter Milan in 2010 but was sacked just days after, due a poor start to the league season. Like with Chelsea, Benítez played no part in Inter Milan's Champions League success the previous season, and therefore did not contribute to them getting to the World Club Cup, which takes place in Japan in December.

"Rafael Benitez is very lucky," joked Ferguson, who won the World Club Cup in 2008 and its predecessor, the Intercontinental Cup, in 1999.

"José Mourinho won the treble at Inter; Rafa took over and they won the world title without having to do anything. On his CV he could have two world championships and nothing to do with the construction of the teams."

Ferguson expressed his sympathy for Benítez's predecessor Roberto Di Matteo, who was sacked by Chelsea on Wednesday morning.

"Everyone feels for Roberto Di Matteo, and quite rightly. It's quite amazing that you win the FA Cup and the Champions League [and lose your job]."

However, Ferguson - who was a fierce rival of Benítez's as Manchester United and Liverpool battled for the Premier League title in 2008/09 - wished the Spaniard luck in his new job, which begins on Sunday when Chelsea host Manchester United's bitter rivals Manchester City.

"I hope he is lucky on Sunday too," added Ferguson.

"It happens time and time again when a new manager comes in that a team win their first few games. It is strange how it happens and 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'."

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