Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger shared an intense rivalry when the duo were consistently involved in title challenges.
Ever since Wenger came to Arsenal in 1996, they have been loggerheads with each other. The fight between the two were largely limited to mind games. The intensity of the rivalry did subside in the last decade when Arsenal were no longer competing for the top honours just like Manchester United. Now, there seems to be peace between the two after Sir Alex Ferguson has come out with various pleasant words about the Frenchman.
His latest comments claim that Wenger is a fantastic manager and he regards the Frenchman to be an outstanding coach. Ferguson also says that despite outside pressure, Wenger has resisted the urge to change the playing style of the team. This is also a sign of a great coach, according to the Scot. In the number of wars between the duo, each had their own successes in the form of great records. Ferguson managed to win the Champions League when he was competing with Wenger while the latter managed to go through an entire Premier League campaign without a defeat in the 2003-04 season.
The latter record, especially, may not be matched by a club again. Recently, there have been numerous calls for Wenger to leave the club amidst yet another trophyless season.“He’s been fantastic.Now he gets a lot of criticism, but I admire that you’re not going to bend to the will of the critics.He stays with what he believes in. And I think people who do that are outstanding coaches.When you talk about consistency, Arsene’s never changed the way that his side has played,” said Wenger. Arsenal were only able to finish second in the 2015-16 campaign, which was seen as a great opportunity to end the league title drought.