Andy Cole has revealed former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson only ended his feud with Arsene Wenger after the Gunners ‘fell off the face of a cliff’. Cole, who played up front for the Red Devils in a hugely fruitful six years at Old Trafford, played in several highly charged fixtures against his former club. After going the entire Premier League season unbeaten in 2004, the Gunners failed to win the league again while United added six titles to their impressive haul.
And Cole believes it was this demise which allowed relations between the two giants of English football to be fully restored. In conversation with David Seaman on the Re:United series, Cole pinpointed the moment relations relaxed: “Only when Arsenal stopped being a threat to Manchester United. “That’s when the managers mellowed, for whatever reason Arsenal just fell off of a cliff from being challengers every season to suddenly fading away and not even challenging any more.
“They were not a threat to him or his football club anymore so he did not have to have any grievances or beef anymore. They were not hurting him. “I think the respect between them now is phenomenal but only because Arsenal were no longer a threat.”