Wenger praises Manchester United for pre-match gesture

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praised the rivals Manchester United ahead of his last game at Old Trafford after he was presented a silver vase by Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho ahead of his team’s 2-1 loss at the venue.

Wenger who managed Arsenal for 22-long years will leave the club at the end of the season.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson welcomed him with a gift and a warm gesture.

They were then joined by current United boss Jose Mourinho, as three of the Premier League’s most successful managers posed for photos near the dugouts at Old Trafford.


Wenger, too received a warm reception from the Manchester United fans as he walked from the tunnel to his seat in the dugout, the Frenchman was grateful for United’s pre-match gesture.

“Very nice,” Wenger told the media.

“It was just another game for me but I’m very grateful for the gesture from Manchester United. It was very classy of them and you enjoy it.”

“Apart from that I’ve come here for a long, long time and next year somebody else will sit on the bench and he’ll get a very hostile reception, don’t worry.”

When asked about being flanked by Ferguson and Mourinho, he added: “It’s a bit surprising because they’re not always as you’d imagine, but it shows as well that life goes always on. Sometimes it gets better.”

However, the afternoon eventually ended in disappointment as Arsenal lost 2-1 after Fellaini’s stoppage-time header.

Despite the defeat, Wenger thought his young side gave a very positive performance.

“It was a positive performance and overall it reflects a little bit our away season,” he said. “We had chances, especially on counter-attacks.”

“We did not always use well the opportunities we had but overall the team performance was positive for such a young team.”

“It was very positive but of course they are very disappointed in the dressing room because they gave everything. In the last 20 minutes, you could see some players were not used to that kind of intensity and pace and we looked a bit more under threat. In the first 70 minutes, we didn’t look really in danger at all.”

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