Arsene Wenger pays tribute to ‘unbelievable’ Sir Alex Ferguson

Arsene Wenger hails the "fantastic" career of Sir Alex Ferguson after Scot announces he will be stepping down at Manchester United

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Arsene Wenger has been one of Sir Alex Ferguson's rivals in England Photo: Back Page Images

Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to the “fantastic” career of Sir Alex Ferguson after the Scot announced he will be stepping down from Manchester United at the end of the season.

Ferguson and the Frenchman have been rivals since Wenger arrived at Arsenal in 1996 and the Gunners boss was full of praise for the departing manager, who leaves United after 26 years in charge and after having led the Red Devils to 38 trophies.

“I would just like to pay tribute to an unbelievable achievement and a fantastic career,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“Basically the achievement is immaculate, when you look at the whole structure and consistency of the achievement. It is, of course, something exceptional.

“It is difficult to imagine English football without him, but it’s now a reality and a fact. Of course the next manager has to fill in and show he has the dimension to do that. It is a big task for the guy who comes in.”

David Moyes has been appointed as Ferguson’s successor and the Everton boss will take over at Old Trafford on 1 July after agreeing a six-year deal with the Premier League champions.

And Wenger believes that Moyes is taking the reins at one of the “top two or three” clubs in the world.

“What you can say still is that Manchester United are commercially and financially one of the strongest two or three clubs in the world, and that is still a good basis to start when you come in because you know the players are there, the team is there, and the potential is there,” he continued.

“They have developed very well and they are in a very, very strong position to deal with the problem they face. But of course it’s a great void to fill for Manchester United, because the charisma and personality disappears suddenly in a club which has been dominated by it for such a long time.

“It’s not an easy task to replace a person like that.”

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