Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson shared a mutual respect during their 'feud'

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During the tail end of the 1990's and the early stages of the new millennium, the Premier League was dominated by two managerial figures, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.

Their teams, Manchester United and Arsenal, were the powerhouses of the English game, battling for the title each season and locking horns in some of the most ferocious yet entertaining fixtures.

It was perhaps the greatest rivalry seen in the Premier League era and the two managers were at the forefront.


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Many saw the engagement of the two leaders as one of hatred, but after revelations in an interview with Wenger's brother, Guy, this perception of blood lust for one another may not be the case.

Speaking to the Telegraph, the sibling of the Frenchman said:

“People thought he and [Sir Alex] Ferguson hated each other. Rubbish. I was with them. I think it was the last time Ferguson was at Arsenal with Manchester United. We drank two bottles of Bordeaux after the game.”

So there you have it, perhaps the two greatest managers to grace English shores really didn't hate each other, they were just passionate about success, and maybe a nice glass of red wine.

Wenger is currently in his 20th year with Arsenal, close to emulating the 25-year stint from Ferguson at United.

The Frenchman's success is not on the same level as the legendary Scot, but his work with Arsenal and turning them into the European superpower they are has been exemplary. 

The supposed 'feud' the duo shared help solidify the Premier League as the most entertaining domestic division in the world, further enhancing its status as a global entity.

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho are now doing their best to carry on the baton and bring back the halcyon days of entertaining rivalry but it feels as if their engagements truly are created through pure dislike for one another.

You always thought that there was underlying respect and admiration between Wenger and Ferguson which made it all the more fun to sit back and watch.

The conformation of this from Guy adds yet further clout to the greatest rivalry of the Premier League era, one which is still missed by all those who watch the English game.

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