Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (R) speaks with former Arsenal footballer Robert Pires during a team training session for the forthcoming UEFA Champions League Group F football match against SSC Napoli at Arsenal's London Colney training ground in north London on September 30, 2013. Arsenal will play against Napoli at the Emirates Stadium on October 1, 2013. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK        (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

“What Ferguson Usually Tells Us Before Playing Arsenal” – Ryan Giggs

Manchester United vs Arsenal used to be the ultimate Premier League fixture of yesteryears.

The last time the Gunners won at the Theatre of Dreams was way back in 2006, a whopping ten years which has been succeeded by series of humiliating and painful defeats.

The subplot of the game that used to define the title race in the late 90s and early 2000s has been thickened by the presence of Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager has never lost a competitive game against Arsene Wenger, and will be looking to extend that impressive run currently stands at 13 games.


But there was a time when it wouldn’t get any bigger than Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson clashing on the touchline, or Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane squaring up in the tunnel and on the pitch.

Arsenal and United were the best two clubs in England and both teams enjoyed stability more than other League clubs and this saw them dominated  the League between 1992 and 2004.

However, United legend Ryan Giggs, who spent 23 years at United and faced Arsenal countless times has revealed what Ferguson usually tell them before matches against their title rivals.

“Arsenal have always had wonderful footballers, and they still do,” he wrote in his Telegraph column.

“Sir Alex would say to us: ‘The way to beat them is not to try to play them at their game. Play them at yours.’ So we would hit them with pace and power.”

With United playing their own game, it seemed as though they had the edge over Arsenal. During those aforementioned 12 years, the Red Devils claimed eight titles, while Arsenal had to settle for three.

So, if Jose Mourinho is looking for a team-talk for the clash this lunchtime, maybe he should just tell his side to play their own game.


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