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Benni - United are disrespectful 11/03/04
Bafana Bafana and Porto striker Benni McCarthy has rubbed salt into Manchester United's wounds by claiming they are disrespectful after he helped his club to knock the English champions out of the Champion's League.

The Bafana Bafana international was responding after helping his side to a memorable Champions League last 16 victory over the Red Devils - having taken the freekick which resulted in Costinha's decisive goal.

The build-up to the return-leg at Old Trafford was blighted by accusations of diving and 'acting like girls', with the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Neville incensed at the opposition's theatrics in Portugal.

However, McCarthy believes United got what they deserved, adding they didn't live up to the club's big-name status.

"I wonder what they feel like being beaten by a team of girls," the former Celta Vigo man jibed.

"Fair play and sportsmanship should still exist in football, but Manchester United didn't show us any respect at all and that is very sad.

"Everyone has their own opinion about certain things but you should keep them to yourself. You shouldn't go out in public the way they did, calling our players girls and talking about diving for freekicks.

"They wouldn't even shake our hands in Porto and that is bad for football.

"Manchester United are the biggest side in the world and they should set the standards. Everyone looks up to them, but if they don't respect the opposition how can they expect the opposition to respect them.

"What goes around comes around and in the end they got what they deserved. We are through to the next round and they are out. I hope that will be a lesson to them."


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