Ben­itez would suit Manch­ester United, says Ha­mann

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For­mer Liver­pool mid­fielder Di­et­mar Ha­mann ar­gues that Manch­ester United should con­sider re­plac­ing David Moyes with Rafa Ben­itez.

The Scot left Old Traf­ford on Tues­day af­ter just 10 months in charge of the Red Devils, with the club set for their low­est Pre­mier League fin­ish since 1989-90.

Ben­itez has pre­vi­ous Pre­mier League ex­pe­ri­ence, most re­cently with Chelsea, but also spent six years at United’s bit­ter ri­vals Liver­pool, win­ning the Cham­pi­ons League with the Reds.

Goal un­der­stands that United’s own­ers, the Glazer fam­ily, are due at Car­ring­ton on Fri­day to dis­cuss Moyes’s suc­ces­sor and Ha­mann feels that the Spa­niard should be part of their talks.

“It is cer­tainly a name they should con­sider,” he told talkSPORT. “They need some­body with a track record who can work with the big play­ers, who knows what is re­quired to get in the Cham­pi­ons League and play a big role in it for years to come.

“Rafa Ben­itez is in Italy at Napoli but his fam­ily still lives in the North West and he has al­ways made it clear that he would love to re­turn to the Pre­mier League at some stage.” The sta­dium that will host the open­ing match of the 2014 World Cup will not stage a test match in front of a full house be­fore the tour­na­ment kicks off on June 12 be­cause of build­ing work be­ing car­ried out in the arena.

The Arena Corinthi­ans was built to hold 48,000 and an­other 20,000 tem­po­rary seats are be­ing added for the World Cup.

But with work in and around the ground still on­go­ing, 18,000 seats will be left empty for the test event fea­tur­ing Corinthi­ans and Figueirense on ei­ther May 17 or 18.

“The crowd (for the test match), un­der an agree­ment be­tween Corinthi­ans and LOC (Lo­cal Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee) and FIFA, will be 50,000 people,” Sao Paulo’s deputy mayor Na­dia Cam­peao told re­porters.

There were con­tra­dic­tory state­ments from FIFA sec­re­tary gen­eral Jerome Val­cke about the is­sue on Tues­day.

“Next im­por­tant event for us will be on 17 or 18 May when the first of­fi­cial test with full ca­pac­ity will take place at Arena de Sao Paulo,” Val­cke said on Twit­ter.

But when chal­lenged about the ca­pac­ity for the test event, he ad­mit­ted there would not be a full house and high­lighted that South Africa also staged events be­fore the 2010 tour­na­ment in front of re­duced crowds.

“It is not a big deal,” Val­cke told Reuters. “Two-thirds of the ca­pac­ity is good.”

The Arena Corinthi­ans will stage the open­ing Cup match be­tween hosts Brazil and Croa­tia.

Val­cke, how­ever, has con­stantly fret­ted over the late de­liv­ery of sta­di­ums and fa­cil­i­ties and in­sisted the de­lays make it tough to prop­erly test ev­ery­thing.

“Sao Paulo will be ready for the open­ing game,” Val­cke said on the first day of a four-day trip to Brazil. “That doesn’t mean Sao Paulo will be ready in time. As you know, the de­liv­ery date for the sta­dium was 15 Jan, 2014.”

A gen­eral ex­te­rior view of the Arena de Sao Paulo un­der con­struc­tion. It is one of the pro­posed venues for the forth­com­ing FIFA 2014 World Cup.

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