Sir Alex Ferguson Talks Up Manchester United – Arsenal Rivalry


Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has looked back on years gone by and has reignited the rivalry with Arsenal before Saturday’s crunch game at Old Trafford.

“When Arsene Wenger first came to Arsenal, feisty things went on between the clubs, and that probably transferred itself to both managers,” ‘Fergie’ is quoted in The Mirror as saying.

“But the character of the teams has changed. We don’t have a Roy Keane, they don’t have a Patrick Vieira, both of whom were volatile and dominant figures.

“But it still got a bit heated in some moments when we played them last season. So it won’t be any less competitive, but it will be a different type of game.”

But the ageing Scot conceded that, with the lengthy duration that both stalwarts have spent on the sidelines, differences of opinion are inevitable.

“With Arsene and I having been around for so long, it’s hard to imagine you’re not going to have one or two arguments,” he said.

“Longevity brings that.”

The 67-year-old boss went on to explain that the test at Old Trafford will show whether the north London club are genuine title contenders or not, following their fantastic start to the season.

He followed it up with a metaphorical look at the visitors’ bank balance, claiming that Wenger had no money left to splurge on bringing in new faces to his squad.

“Arsenal have got the biggest test to be where they want to be,” he remarked.

“I know Arsene doesn’t have any money. I think they’re struggling, cash-wise, so it’s a big test for Arsenal.

“They’ve sold Emmanuel Adebayor, and whether he can use that money is another question. There seems to be evidence that he can’t use it.

“Arsenal do have to make up some ground from last season, and maybe they lack the experience of ourselves, Liverpool and Chelsea.

“But they’ll be there, I’m sure of that. It will be very close this year and they’ve had a fantastic start.”

The Mirror

~ by footballdirecta on August 29, 2009.

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