Premier League fans will always have special memories of these two great coaches.
The two of them once displayed a very legendary, and fiery fierce competition.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who has coached United since 1986, began to criticize Arsenal for recruiting a French coach who previously managed the Japanese club, Arsene Wenger, in 1996. The insinuation turned out to be fueling Arsenal’s enthusiasm to break the dominance of the Red Devils.
Arsenal and United continued to compete for the Premier League title from 1996 to 2004 before Jose Mourinho came to coach Chelsea. When Jose Mourinho was present, the feud between Wenger and Fergie finally turned towards Chelsea.
But the hot competition between Wenger and Fergie has not peaked since Arsenal brought in Wenger. The tension of the feud heated up when the Gunners recruited Thierry Henry who became the catalyst for the feud.
How Thierry Henry could heat up the feud between Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson? Let’s look at the story further.
The eight years of this rivalry have seen a number of iconic moments such as the “Battle of Old Trafford” and “Pizzagate”.
But now, deep admiration and respect have been shown by the two retired tacticians. Ferguson appeared in a documentary about Wenger entitled Arsene Wenger: Invincible.
In that moment he called Henry’s arrival at Arsenal a turning point that changed everything.
Thierry Henry Is Like Poison
“Henry was like poison at that point,” Ferguson admitted, as quoted by Squawka.
When you see someone, you accelerate. Arsenal are chasing us, and their team is good enough to surpass us, no doubt,” said Fergie.
Henry’s Coming Story
Henry arrived in north London for £11 million in 1999 to reunite with Wenger after working together at AS Monaco. Before going to London, Henry actually looked difficult when he was with Juventus until the Italian club got rid of him.
Coming to Arsenal to replace Nicolas Anelka who joined Real Madrid, Henry also had difficulty adapting and failed to score in his first eight Premier League matches.
Still, once he was up and running, the goals kept coming and he achieved legendary status in the Premier League.
Wenger and Fergie’s record
Ferguson, who arrived 10 years earlier than Wenger in the Premier League, has won 13 Premier League top caste titles.
Wenger has only won three Premier League titles. However, the trophy he presented to Arsenal in the 2003/04 Premier League season was very classy because the Gunners were unbeaten.
“I won 13 leagues but I’ve never had a season unbeaten,” added Ferguson.