Arsene Wenger may have been Sir Alex Ferguson’s greatest rival in the Premier League era, but the ex-Manchester United manager admits he’s pleased that Wenger can now get the send-off that he deserves.
The Frenchman sensationally confirmed this morning that he will be leaving his post at the end of the season, after 22 years in charge at Arsenal.
And while tributes have flown in from Cesc Fabregas, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp, the one that undoubtedly matters most is from the man who so regularly fought it out with Wenger for domestic silverware.
Yes, Sir Alex may have retired in 2013 and has since been surpassed by Wenger as the division’s longest-serving coach, but the Scotsman is still full of respect for his old adversary.
Mark Mann-Bryans from the Press Association shared Ferguson’s touching comments on Wenger’s departure via his Twitter account:
Don't know if Wenger reads Twitter but if he does, I'm sure these thoughts from his greatest rival, Sir Alex Ferguson, will stand out from a crowd of glowing words following his decision to leave #AFC – pic.twitter.com/55TycVXuCW
— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) April 20, 2018
A classy tribute from Fergie!
Wenger’s impending exit comes amid growing pressure from the club’s fans, with the Gunners struggling domestically this term – they haven’t picked up a single point on their travels in 2018.
However, the 68-year-old could yet leave on a high note, if his side can get their hands on the Europa League trophy next month.