The rivalry between the big Premier League clubs in the past made them to avoid selling players to each other. However, Arsenal have signed from top rival clubs.
Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck says he remains in touch with Sir Alex Ferguson and thanked his former boss for wishing him well after his long-awaited return from injury.
The 26-year-old returned from a seven-month injury lay-off in January when he came on as a substitute in Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Preston in the FA Cup.
Welbeck, of course, graduated from Manchester United’s academy and was given his first team debut by Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, Welbeck left the club just 12 months after Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 when Louis van Gaal accepted an £18million bid from the Gunners.
‘Ferguson was great with me,’ said Welbeck.
‘He helped me a lot, pushed me through to the first team and helped me become a professional.
‘He’s played a massive part in my life. He influenced the way I think, the way I am as a person is down to him.
‘I’m still in touch with him – he text me after my comeback against Preston. It’s great to still be in contact with him.
‘He had a bit of banter about him and he wasn’t always as angry as you think. You do see the odd hairdryer but it’s all for a reason and to better you as a person and a player.’