Ferguson and Wenger’s new relationship after bitter Arsenal vs Man Utd feud

Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger shared a heated rivalry during their time vying for Premier League glory against one another.

The pair dominated English football for a number of years, with their respective Manchester United and Arsenal sides trading league titles for eight seasons.

There were a number of notable clashes between the pair, including the infamous ‘Pizzagate’ incident in 2004 where Cesc Fabregas threw a pizza at Ferguson, and Wenger admitted that the two legendary managers ended up hating each other at times.

Writing in his autobiography, ‘My Life in Red and White’, Wenger said: “The competition makes you hate the opponent. I think he certainly hated me and I hated him sometimes as well.

“Whenever we competed it was always a fight — always very tight and nervous. And don’t forget we also had to deal with Fergie time.”

Arsene Wenger vs Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the greatest managerial feuds in Premier League history, with the two legendary bosses sharing a number of memorable clashes

However, with the pair no longer rivals in the dugout, Wenger has revealed the pair “have a lot of respect for each other now.”

Speaking to the Times last year, Wenger said: “These people are all very busy. I’m not close enough to them… except [pause] Ferguson, yes. I have Ferguson’s number, yes.

“We have a lot of respect for each other now. We had a period when it was very tough, very hot. After you’re not competing any more, everyone becomes a bit more objective.

Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson were the greatest of enemies
Now they are no longer rivals, Ferguson and Wenger share a great friendship

“He knows better wine than I do. Ah, we had some good battles. He’s an intelligent man. You don’t make a career like this guy if you’re stupid.”

Ferguson has also revealed that he now considers Wenger a friend, calling his former rival “a great man” when he decided to leave Arsenal in 2018.

“I am really happy for Arsene Wenger,” Ferguson told United’s official website. “I have great respect for him and for the job he has done at Arsenal.

“It is great testament to his talent, professionalism and determination that he has been able to dedicate 22 years of his life to a job that he loves.

“In an era where football managers sometimes only last one or two seasons, it shows what an achievement it is to serve that length of time at a club the size of Arsenal.

“I am pleased that he has announced he is leaving at this stage of the season, as he can now have the send-off that he truly deserves.

“He is, without doubt, one of the greatest Premier League managers and I am proud to have been a rival, a colleague and a friend to such a great man.”

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