- Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed how Sir Alex Ferguson stirred up the team by labelling Arsenal players as 'babies'
- United and Arsenal were embroiled in a bitter rivalry since Arsene Wenger's arrival in 1996
- The two sides dominated the Premier League for years but have since fallen off significantly from their former glory
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson called Arsenal players 'babies' to work up his players, at the height of the rivalry between the two sides.
Rio Ferdinand recalled how the legendary manager used to stir them up when things weren't going so well. The rivalry between the two sides is still talked about to this day.
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Ferguson called Arsenal 'babies' to inflame United players
According to The Sun, Ferguson wanted to win by any means necessary and would usually disparage the Gunners to light up his players.
United legend Rio Ferdinand recalls how Ferguson would use his man management skills and mojo to inspire the Red Devils, who were the best team in England when he was coach.
Sir Alex Ferguson used to say, ‘get in their faces. They don’t like it, they can’t deal with it. They’re babies. Get right up against them and you’ll win this game. Rio, you’ll overrun them, you’ll overpower them.
The two sides dominated the Premier League since Arsene Wenger became Arsenal manager in 1996. Since that year, only United or Arsenal won the title. However, the Gunners capped it off in 2004 by winning the league in a historical undefeated season.
Nevertheless, the two sides have significantly fallen from their past glory since the two coaching behemoths retired. It is fascinating to note that neither Arsenal nor Manchester United have won the league under any other managers other than Wenger and Ferguson respectively.
The two teams were involved in a lot of intense battles on and off the pitch, with Ferguson building a reputation as the master of mind games.
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Source: Sports Brief News