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Sir Alex Ferguson mocked ‘infants’ Arsenal in Manchester United workforce talks, reveals Rio Ferdinand

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Rio Ferdinand with former boss Sir Alex Ferguson (Image: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson would usually mock rivals Arsenal earlier than Manchester United’s matches with the Gunners.

Ferguson’s United facet had a fierce rivalry with Arsene Wenger’s males on the flip of the twenty first century, with the 2 groups sharing the league title for seven years straight between 1997 and 2004.

Nevertheless, whereas Ferguson rebuilt one other nice workforce at Outdated Trafford, Wenger struggled to copy the success of his early years on the membership from 2004 onwards.

Arsenal’s title-winning sides of the previous had been a mere reminiscence as United continued their success within the late 2000s and Ferguson’s males inflicted various humiliating defeats on the Gunners, most notable the 8-2 victory at Outdated Trafford in 2011.

Maybe the largest humiliation for Wenger was the way through which Ferguson dropped his rivalry with the Frenchman, swapping hostility with passivity because the Gunners struggled to compete.

Ferdinand celebrates United’s victory towards Arsenal within the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2009 (Image: Getty)

Whereas Arsenal nonetheless performed among the finest soccer within the nation, the Gunners had been closely criticised for his or her weak mentality and skill to be bullied.

‘One thing Sir Alex Ferguson used to say about Arsenal throughout his workforce talks was, ‘Get of their faces. They don’t prefer it, they’ll’t cope with it. They’re infants,’ Ferdinand told William Hill.

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‘Get proper up towards them and also you’ll win this sport. Rio, you’ll overrun them, you’ll overpower them…’’

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Arsenal’s title drought is even longer than United’s, with the Gunners final successful the league title in 2004.

United’s final victory got here in Ferguson’s last season in 2012/13.


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