the assets to be a really top player.”
Having stoutly defended Arsene Wenger in his programme notes, Sir Alex reprised his stance by conceding that he felt a degree of sympathy for adding to the Frenchman’s woes.
“Of course, because he’s a great football man,” he said. “He’s done an incredible job for Arsenal for 15 years, he’s given them a quality of football that they’ve never experienced. He’s brought some exciting players to his club and he deserves respect for that, especially from myself.”