It gets spikier than that, with Rafa providing Milan tips on how to contain CRonaldo, thus potentially risking Fergie's hairdryer treatment.
The source is TribalFootball, a shaky rumour-mongering site, but always entertaining reading.
"In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Benitez said: "You need one very defensive player, strong and hard. Serginho wouldn't be right and neither would Marek Jankulowski be ideal, while Kakha Kaladze lacks speed. I spoke about this with Ferguson and we are of the same opinion.
"If (Paolo) Maldini has recovered his speed, he is the best solution."
Rafa prefers Milan due to the emotion the match would generate. Perhaps he believes AC are weaker now than in 2005, or simply that they'll crack under the psychological scars 2005 left on them?
Milan's hand certainly got stronger with news of Corn-Rio getting himself "merc'd"
Who the hell is left standing to line their defence now?
OShea Brown Heinze [Park-Ji-Sung]
Park can deputise as fullback, with his speed, while Heinze is a centrehalf for Argentina.