Wenger: Playing Man United Fells strange without Ferguson


Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger says Sunday’s trip to Manchester United will be “strange” without Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson  and Weger were the longest-serving managers in the English game before Ferguson retired as United boss in May.

Preview of Arsenal away trips to Old Trafford

Arsenal at Old Trafford since 2006

3 Nov 2012: Man Utd 2-1 Arsenal (Premier League)

28 Aug 2011: Man Utd 8-2 Arsenal (Premier League)

12 Mar 2011: Man Utd 2-0 Arsenal (FA Cup)

13 Dec 2010: Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal (Premier League)

29 Aug 2009: Man Utd 2-1 Arsenal (Premier League)

16 May 2009: Man Utd 0-0 Arsenal (Premier League)

29 Apr 2009: Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal (Champions League)

13 Apr 2008: Man Utd 2-1 Arsenal (Premier League)

16 Feb 2008: Man Utd 4-0 Arsenal (FA Cup)

Arsenal win at old Trafford could see Arsenal move 11 points clear of  Manchester United  but Arsene Wenger feels it is too soon to judge Ferguson’s successor David Moyes.

“It will be a bit strange without Sir Alex Ferguson there on Sunday,” Wenger said.

“David Moyes has shown great competence at Everton, so you need to leave him time to really get a grip on Manchester United, and he is slowly doing that. You see it now in the results.

“When someone has been there for 26 years and goes, it takes time for the guy who comes in.

“It is very dangerous and difficult for the manager who comes in. For me, Moyes is dealing very well with the situation.”

Arsenal has not won at Old Trafford since 2006 and has been beaten on each of their last five trips to United, including an 8-2 defeat in August 2011

The Londoners have 25 points from their opening 10 Premier League games this season and are five points clear at the top of the table heading into the weekend, while they are also on a run of 14 wins from their last 15 unbeaten away games.

Their latest victory on the road came against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, and Wenger believes the trip to Old Trafford will be another stern test of his side’s credentials of winning the premier ship.

“It’s one of the games where you can build confidence and gain credit,” added the Frenchman.

Old Trafford before Ferguson

On Arsenal’s last visit to Old Trafford before Sir Alex Ferguson’s appointment, Charlie Nicholas scored to earn the Gunners a 1-0 win over Ron Atkinson’s side on 21 December 1985

“Recently we have not done so well there. What is important is that we trust our quality and show our resilience. It’s a good opportunity to show we’ve improved.”

Robin van Persie is set to face Arsenal for the third time since Arsenal to join Red Devils.

Wenger believes that the work of Dutchman Rene Meulensteen, who left Old Trafford when Moyes took over, was key to persuading Van Persie to move.

He said: “Robin van Persie had been convinced by the Dutch coach who was at Manchester United, [so] that played a big part.

“It was more the fact that I had the conversations I had with Robin van Persie that convinced me [to sell him]. It is not the talk with Alex Ferguson that convinced me to sell Robin.”


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