Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Ferguson baffled by Wenger critics

Sir Alex Ferguson (right) and Arsene Wenger

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Arsenal's unhappy fans to be careful what they wish for.

One point from their opening two Barclays Premier League games, the loss of star men Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, Wenger's transfer policy which has left many supporters distinctly underwhelmed and six seasons without a trophy have led many to start thinking the previously unthinkable and wonder whether a change at the top is required.

"I would like to know who is going to replace him," said Ferguson. "The work he has done in the 15 years he has been at the club is the best in Arsenal's history. Yes, he has not won a trophy for six years but what does that mean? The quality of his side has not been reduced."

Rather, as Ferguson points out, the standard of opposition has improved, first through the vast riches lavished on Chelsea by Roman Abramovich, now the even deeper pockets of Sheikh Mansour at Manchester City.

"Chelsea's involvement has created a lot of the problem in terms of trophies to win because they and ourselves have been dominating the Premier League," Ferguson said. "Now Manchester City have come on the scene.

"When Arsenal and ourselves were going head-to-head, it went on for about eight years. The competition is far greater now."

Not that Ferguson expects supporters of any club, including his own, to adopt a reasoned view of proceedings.

As he is fond of saying, the world is different now compared to the one that existed before Wenger replaced Bruce Rioch at Highbury in the autumn of 1996.

"It is a bit unfair of course. But who understands fairness and unfairness today?" he said.

"It is quite a cynical world. Supporters are far less easy to please than they were 20 years ago. It is disappointing.

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