Saturday, 5 May 2018

Arsenal send best wishes to ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after emergency surgery

Arsenal has sent a message to former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson after news emerged that the 76-year-old had undergone surgery for a brain haemorrhage.

Last week, the Scot was present at the pitch at Old Trafford to pay tribute to his old rival Arsene Wenger. The pair sparred over numerous title races around the turn of the millennium in a period of competition between the two clubs that is still regarded by many as the greatest feud of the Premier League era.

However, the two veteran bosses eventually came to be friends. After Wenger announced his intention to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, Ferguson paid tribute to the Frenchman:

"I am really happy for Arsene Wenger," Sir Alex told Manchester United's official website. "I have great respect for him and for the job he has done at Arsenal.

"It is great testament to his talent, professionalism and determination that he has been able to dedicate 22 years of his life to a job that he loves.

"In an era where football managers sometimes only last one or two seasons, it shows what an achievement it is to serve that length of time at a club the size of Arsenal.

"I am pleased that he has announced he is leaving at this stage of the season, as he can now have the send-off that he truly deserves.

"He is, without doubt, one of the greatest Premier League managers and I am proud to have been a rival, a colleague and a friend to such a great man."

Ahead of Wenger's final match in charge of Arsenal at Old Trafford, Ferguson presented his former foe with a trophy in a ceremony that saw United fans cheer on the opposition manager.

Wenger and Ferguson together at the Emirates in 2012

In his post-match press conference the Gunners manager joked: "That shows that, once you're not a danger any more, people love you."

They later shared some wine after Wenger had finished up with his media commitments following the game. Yet this wasn't the first time that Ferguson had shown his class to congratulate the Arsenal boss.

In April, former United defender Phil Neville revealed how the Scot surprised the Gunners with champagne back in 2002 as they beat his team to the title.

Arsenal were one of the first clubs to send their best wishes to Ferguson after it emerged that he had been rushed to hospital for emergency surgery and posted a message on their official Twitter account.

"We're thinking of you Sir Alex," read the tweet. The Gunners also included a picture of Wenger and Ferguson together after the latter had presented the Frenchman with his special trophy at Old Trafford.

In 2013, Wenger became the longest-serving active manager in the Premier League as Ferguson stepped down from his position to retire from football management.

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