From Fergie’s rows with Wenger to Mourinho’s spats: 5 greatest Premier League manager feuds

Although Liverpool and Manchester City have been battling for dominance of the Premier League over recent seasons, there has been remarkably little antipathy between coaches Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.

The pair even shared a brilliant exchange at the Football Writers’ Association awards dinner earlier in the season, with Guardiola saying: “I would like to win my [Champions League] trophy back, and I am pretty sure he would like to win that one [Premier League].

“Maybe we can swap?”

Yet relationships between the division’s top coaches haven’t always been so friendly. Below are the five fiercest managerial feuds in Premier League history…

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola enjoy a friendly relationship despite Liverpool and Man City’s rivalry
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Arsene Wenger vs Alex Ferguson

Wenger and Ferguson spent 17 years together in the Premier League, but their rivalry was most intense in the late 1990s and early 2000s as Arsenal and Manchester United routinely battled it out for the title.

“He’s a novice and should keep his opinions to Japanese football,” Ferguson barked after Wenger accused the FA of handing United a favourable fixture schedule in 1997. The antagonism had begun.

Both fierce competitors, either Ferguson or Wenger won the Premier League title every year between 1997 and 2004.

“Everyone thinks they have the prettiest wife at home,” was the Frenchman’s cutting response when Ferguson claimed United were the division’s best team in 2002.

Games between United and Arsenal were invariably feisty affairs, with on-field clashes common. Mutual respect eventually broke out between Wenger and Ferguson, but for several years it was enmity that dominated their relationship.

But Premier League managers haven’t always been so kind to one another, with Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson often clashing throughout their iconic Arsenal and Man Utd careers


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