Wenger loses on his last visit to Old Trafford with Arsenal

Dean Simpson
May 4, 2018

Marouane Fellaini glanced in a header in the first minute of stoppage time to earn United a 2-1 win in Wenger's last match at Old Trafford before he leaves Arsenal at the end of the season.

But the 30-year-old suggests he will sign an extension as he looks forward to a "big season" and an improved Premier League title tilt. The win secured a top-four finish and Champions League football next season for the Red Devils.

The pair experienced a ferocious rivalry but have since built a friendship, and Ferguson hailed the Frenchman's impact in the development of the Premier League in the 1990s.

According to the French magazine, it all started back when Monaco had that impressive run in the Champions League, beating Manchester City on the way to reaching the competition's semi-finals, adding to an already impressive domestic run where they ended up lifting the Ligue 1 trophy.

Although Arsenal have stagnated in the latter period of Wenger's near 22-year spell at the club, Ferguson accepts he had to learn some lessons from the 68-year-old, who won three Premier Leagues between 1997-98 and 2003-04. Especially so with his young team — featuring two 20-year-olds and an 18-year-old — doing their best with many senior players rested ahead of the second leg of the Europa League semifinal against Atletico Madrid on Thursday. "At the moment I am in a bit of unknown territory", said Wenger.

Mourinho and Fellaini want to continue their association and the ball is now in Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward's court.

"We are nearly there but I can't celebrate because nearly is not enough", said Mourinho.

As well as Arsenal, Huddersfield face Manchester City and Chelsea in their last three games and sit 16th, three points above the relegation zone.

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