Wenger surprised by Ferguson gift on Old Trafford farewell

Alex Ferguson was present to present Arsene Wenger with a special gift at Old Trafford, much to the surprise of the Frenchman.

News April 30, 2018, 00:28 IST

  Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho
Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho

Arsene Wenger was surprised by a pre-match presentation of a special gift from former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson .

Wenger's stay of about 22 years at Arsenal will end at the end of the season and saw a young XI lose 2 -1 thanks to a late header from Marouane Fellaini on Sunday in the Premier League.

United's legendary coach, Ferguson, was present to greet his former rival for the dugouts before the game, and Jose Mourinho also embraced Wenger warmly before kick-off. .

And Wenger said he did not expect such a positive response from United fans before the game, although some local fans made fun of him singing "Arsene Wenger, we want you to stay" during the game.

"Very nice, it's elegant and I enjoyed it," said Wenger. to Sky Sports for the pre-match presentation.

"I have come here for a long, long time and next time someone else will come here and receive a hostile reception."

"It's a bit surprising because it was not always what you imagine, but it shows that life is continuing Sometimes it gets better. "

Wenger rested with Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette before Thursday's trip to Atlético de Madrid for the second stage of the Europa League semifinals, the 68-year-old appointing the Gunners' youngest team since an 8-2 draw with United's Ferguson in 2011.

Despite seeing Arsenal lose their sixth straight game in the Premier League League, the worst club top flight on the road since 1966 – Wenger felt that his young team played well.

"It was a positive performance and generally reflects our season, we had opportunities and especially counterattacks," said Wenger.

"Overall the team's performance was positive for such a young team, but of course they were very disappointed in the locker room." In the last 20 minutes you could see that some players were not used to that intensity, but in the first 70 minutes we did not see See really under threat.

"It's good to see them in their It has a strong atmosphere and has the courage to play, who can win challenges. We know your level but here you discover what they do in the competition "

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