English Premiership

This is the message engraved on Wenger’s gift from Ferguson

2018-04-30 14:33
Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger (Getty Images)

Cape Town - It was 22 years of rivalry unlike any other in world football. For Arsene Wenger, his battles against Manchester United are the most heated of his career.

Wenger has been a stalwart fighter for Arsenal on and off the field - one of his greatest moments being winning the 2001/2002 English Premier League at the home of the Red Devils, Old Trafford.

So it was only fitting his two biggest rivals, United manager José Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson, awarded him a touching send-off when he arrived for his last game in charge of Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex gifted Wenger a piece of silverware with the inscription: "Presented to Arsene Wenger, by Sir Alex Ferguson CBE and Jose Mourinho on behalf of Manchester United Football Club in recognition of his service to and achievements at Arsenal Football Club 1996-2018."

According to Sport Bible, Mourinho even joined in for a photograph as the Old Trafford faithful applauded the man who managed the Gunners to seven FA Cup triumphs, 10 major trophies and in over 800 Premier League games.

Seen above, Wenger was presented a trophy of sorts by Man United that honoured and recognised his "service to and achievements at Arsenal Football Club". 

The game got off to an uphill battle for Arsenal, with United's Paul Pogba scoring in the first half. But the Gunners' Henrikh Mkhitaryan arrowed a powerful shot past David de Gea before Marouane Fellaini scored a winner for United in Fergie time (fan’s name for an extra helping of added time when Sir Alex's former team is losing).

"I’m happy the class my club showed towards him," Mourinho told reporters. "I told the club I’d like Sir Alex to present the award because he was the real rival, I hope I play against him (Wenger) again."

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