Martin Edwards, who was the chief of Manchester United in the early 2000s, has disclosed that a situation had arisen during his reign when Arsene Wenger could have been given the manager’s role of the Red Devils.
And that’s because at the time he had proved to be highly impressive at Arsenal. He had already won them the Premier League title twice, had transformed the way that players saw the game, and their preparations for it, and was also responsible for bringing the likes of Denis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and other world stars to Highbury. If Wenger had switched from Arsenal to their main rivals for the title, it would have caused a whole earthuake of controversy, and certainly ill-feeling amongst the jilted Arsenal fans.
Edwards admits that 15 years down the line Wenger’s performance as coach has not quite remained the same at the Emirates Stadium, but, his early years were certainly good enough for the Manchester United board to believe that if there was anyone who could fill the big hole created by Sir Alex’s departure, it was Wenger.
Later though Sir Alex also showed his loyalty for United and agreed to extend his association with them and then that association went on for another 11 years.