Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that his relationship with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has improved over time.

The two managers were once closest rivals and shared many, many heated and aggressive moments on the touchlines during their side's matches against each other - but, over time, the arguments and the rows seemed to vanish.

In the early 2000s the two were always at each other during press conferences, trying to play mind-games with each other - and then they were at each other during matches as well on the touchlines, which saw them both, on many times, get sent up to the stands.

Ferguson announced last week that this season was to be his last as the United boss as he takes his role on the board and hands over the reigns to Everton manager David Moyes, and Wenger has already paid his respect to Ferguson after his shock announcement.

Wenger said that English football will not be the same without Ferguson and praised the United manager after becoming the most successful manager in the club's history and also in world football.

During their 17-year rivalry, mutual respect grew between the two managers and the Arsenal boss has now revealed that he sent Sir Alex a text message after the announcement was made.

"Our relationship got milder and more respectful that’s for sure," Wenger told the Arsenal website. "Maybe because we were less in a fight with them [Man United] recently, so the tension was a bit smaller, and we are a long time in the job as well, so a bit more respect maybe.

"Yes [Ferguson is different away from football] because he loves a good Bordeaux," added Wenger.

"In a competition you never have really exchanges with people, you say ‘hello, how are you?’, and after the game ‘we played well’, ‘you played well’, some advice and ‘see you next time’. The exchanges are very, very small."


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