◼️ The announcement of the departure of the French coach of Arsenal at the end of the season prompted the other legendary coach of the English league to pronounce.
Manchester United legend Alex Ferguson described Arsene Wenger as “a rival, a colleague and a friend” in an emotional tribute after the Frenchman announced that he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season.
Ferguson was in charge of United for 26 years until 2013, overlapping with Wenger’s 22 years at Arsenal.
Both managers didn’t always agree on the bank and regularly faced each other when their respective teams fought for supremacy in the Premier League, particularly in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
“A rival, colleague and friend.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 20, 2018
“I am really happy for Arsene Wenger”, Sir Alex told ManUtd.com. “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.”
👀 When Arsene Wenger got sent to the stands at Old Trafford.
😂 Classic @PremierLeague moment.
— SPORF (@Sporf) April 20, 2018