BBC Sport - Arsene Wenger & Alex Ferguson's first run-in

Archive: 'Wenger knows nothing about English football'

As Arsene Wenger celebrates 20 years as manager of Arsenal, BBC Sport looks back at his first run-in with Manchester United counterpart Alex Ferguson.

The United boss was outraged that Wenger, who had arrived in England from Nagoya Grampus Eight six months earlier, criticised United's request for an extension to the Premiership season to give his players more time to prepare for a Champions League semi-final.

This interview was originally broadcast on Match of the Day in April 1997.

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