Arsenal boss: Manchester United facing a double challenge

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Manchester United have a massive challenge in adapting to life without longest-serving manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The news broke last week that Ferguson is to retire come the end of the season and it was then announced that the club will replace him with Everton manager David Moyes.

Sir Alex spent 27-years at Old Trafford and helped them win 13 Premier League titles during that era with the most recent one coming this season.

The two managers (Wenger and Ferguson) have had great rivalries over the past few years, especially in the early 00s when the two sides were battling it out for the Premier League year in year out. 

Despite the fierce rivalry, the two have the utmost respect for each other and the Arsenal manager believes it is a sad for football that there will no longer be Sir Alex Ferguson around and he also believes the club have a massive challenge ahead to adapt to life without their greatest ever manager.

“It is sad because it is the end of a remarkable career,” said Wenger to “He got a lot of praise, which he deserves.

“There is a double challenge now. The first is for Manchester United to replace a guy of that stature, and the second challenge is for Alex Ferguson to have a life as passionate and as interesting as the life he had until now. But you have to respect the decision.”

With Ferguson retiring at the end of the season, that means Wenger will now become the longest-serving manager in the Premier League and he believes stability is the key to success.

“I have the luck to be at this club for a long time because I have the faith of my directors and I am grateful for that,” he said. “I try to pay that faith back by having complete commitment and dedication and giving my best.

“I am against [short-termism] because I believe stability is needed inside clubs for people who represent the values that a club wants to carry though. Inside the club it is important to have people who represent these values. The manager can be one of these people if he has been there a long time.

“I believe in stability. We have rebuilt the team and since January we have certainly done very well if you look at the number of points we have taken compared to the other teams.

“We have created a good basis and that stability can help us start strongly next season."

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