"I think the gaffer would probably like him to come every day the way he raised standards in training.
"Everyone was trying to impress him. In my eyes he is the best footballer ever.
"He was my idol and part of the reason why I started to play football.
"I can't hold him in higher esteem than that. To be able to shake his hand, get a cuddle of him and a picture, it made my birthday."
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson added: "It was good. The players were delighted to see him."
Maradona travelled to Manchester to hold talks with Tevez, who he sees as integral to his plans even though the striker's first-team appearances at United have been limited since the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov.
The 48-year-old, accompanied by his assistant Carlos Bilardo, then went on to Liverpool where he again made an impact with the Premier League stars.
Ferdinand (right) says Maradona was one of his heroes growing up
Reds' skipper Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Robbie Keane were reportedly at the front of the queue to meet the 1986 World Cup legend.
Benitez said: "I was having a discussion with Maradona in my office, but it was very difficult.
"There was a constant stream of our biggest players wanting to meet him.
"Maradona was great, he was very patient with all the requests; even some of Carragher's family turned up.
"Xabi Alonso also wanted to meet him, his father had played alongside Maradona at Barcelona."
Maradona is in Britain to prepare for his first match in charge, a friendly with Scotland on 19 November.
The former World Cup winner will return to Hampden Park, where he scored his first goal for Argentina in their 3-1 friendly win over Scotland in 1979.
Maradona was named as Argentina's head coach last Tuesday, succeeding Alfio Basile, who stepped down in October.
Since making his dramatic return to football, Maradona has been dashing across Europe to meet his squad.
On Thursday, he travelled to Spain to meet his players at Real Madrid as well as Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, although the 21-year-old is being rested for the Scotland match.
His first squad also includes Newcastle duo Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez.
Maradona had been expected in the UK last weekend but delayed his visit until after his official unveiling.
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