Ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Arsenal, Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about his friendship with Arsene Wenger.

“I don’t agree with that,” Ferguson generously said, when asked whether Arsenal’s failure to compete for the title had lead to a mellowing in the relationship between Wenger and himself. “I just think the personalities of both teams have changed. When Arsène first came to Arsenal there were some feisty things going on between the clubs and that probably transferred to both managers, but I think the character of the teams has changed now. We don’t have a Roy Keane, they don’t have a Patrick Vieira – both volatile characters, dominant figures. The other thing is that Arsène and I have been here for such a long time now it’s hard to imagine we were not going to have one or two arguments. Longevity brings that, whereas we have loads of situations now where new managers come in and vanish after a couple of years. It’s just the two of us, and we’ll probably ride out in the sunset together.”