LONDON: Alex Ferguson resumed his mind games with Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez after Manchester United's dramatic 3-2 win over Aston Villa enabled his side to reclaim the leadership of the Premier League.
United have one a point lead at the top of the table with a marvellous morale boost ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Porto.
But the United manager is more interested in stirring up trouble for his closest challengers for the Premier League title, in response to Benitez's query over whether United can handle the pressure after Liverpool beat Fulham on Saturday.
Liverpool are still viewed as the leading contenders but Ferguson encouraged Chelsea, four points off top spot having, in common with Benitez's men, played one more game than United.
Former Lazio youth team striker Federico Macheda's winning goal three minutes into stoppage time provided a late show to better Liverpool's against Fulham 24 hours earlier while putting a huge dent into Villa's own hopes of Champions League qualification.