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Football: Ferguson congratulates Wenger on managerial milestone

Published on Mar 21, 2014 7:25 PM
 
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson spoke of his admiration for Arsenal on Friday, March 21, 2014, as he congratulated old foe Arsene Wenger for reaching his 1,000th football game in charge. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson spoke of his admiration for Arsenal on Friday, as he congratulated old foe Arsene Wenger for reaching his 1,000th football game in charge.

The pair, now friends, had an intense rivalry as managers and did not speak to each other for five years after a match at Old Trafford in October 2004 ended a record 49-match unbeaten run by Arsenal.

"I congratulate Arsene in reaching this momentous landmark," the 72-year-old Scot said in a statement issued on Friday by the League Managers Association ahead of Arsenal's Premier League match at leaders Chelsea on Saturday.

"Having also reached the same milestone at one club, I cannot emphasise enough the level of dedication, resilience as well as sacrifice required and for that I have for the utmost admiration.

 
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