Paul Pogba returned from injury against Newcastle to help Manchester United with a 4-1 win.
United fans praised the midfielder but Benitez refused to do the same after Pogba also scored a goal against his team.
Rafa Benitez has a rivalry with Manchester United after five years and has dismissed the comparison between Steven Gerrard and Paul Pogba.
‘No, they’re different,’ Benitez said when asked if Pogba is as good as Gerrard.
‘Stevie was a top-class player for so many years.
‘He was very consistent and could make the difference in every game, with or without the ball.
‘He was a top-class player. Pogba is a great player, but he still has to be consistent for years like Stevie was for ten or 15 years.
‘Pogba is not my player, so I don’t need to talk too much about him. He’s a great player, like the majority of the Manchester United players.
‘But I’m concentrated on trying to improve my players.’
The win keeps Manchester United second on the table and eight points behind Manchester City.
Pogba missed two months with an injury but came back with a bang against Newcastle.
The Red Devils have now scored more than two goals in a game for the first time since September.