Arsene Wenger v. Alex Ferguson: Who's the Best Manager?
Issue Two of the "vs" series is out, and in this issue we focus on two of the biggest managers in Premier League history—Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson.
During the 90's, the two managers ruled the waves of management and their two clubs, Arsenal and Manchester United, were the biggest clubs in the Premier League.
Every season they would fight it out for the Premier League, and the majority of the time they would clash horns when it came to opinion and their beloved clubs.
Both of these managers have continued to manage greatly into 2008, with Ferguson competing with Chelsea for the title and Wenger creating a great young force to battle for the Premier League in years to come.
This article will look at how these two managers have hit the highs that no other manager has, and hopefully by the end of voting we will see which one is not only the best, but the favourite as well.
I will try to be as fair as possible, and give the same article space to each manager.
Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson started his career at East Stirlingshire, St. Mirren, and then went on to manage Aberdeen before in 1986 he took his place at the helm of Manchester United.
He is known as one of the biggest managers in the world of football, and has won things that no other manager has won, and must be given credit for bringing fresh life into Manchester United, long after the Busby era.
His most proud moment was in 1999, when he guided Manchester United to a record breaking treble, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League in one single season.
In all he has won:
St. Mirren: 1 Scottish First Division.
Aberdeen: 3 Scottish Premier Divisions, 4 SFA Cups, 1 Scottish League Cup, 1 UEFA Cup Winners Cup, and 1 UEFA Super Cup.
Manchester United: 10 Premier League Titles, 2 Football League First Divisions, 5 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, 8 Charity/Community Shields, 2 UEFA Champions Leagues, 1 UEFA Cup Winners Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and 1 Intercontinental Cup.
Arsene Wenger started his career at AS Nancy Lorrainie, continued it at AS Monaco and Nagoya Grampus Eight, before joining Arsenal in 1996.
Since joining the Gunners he has been the most successful manager at the club in terms of trophies, and is also the longest serving manager in Gunners history.
He has brought some great players like Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, and of course Thierry Henry to Arsenal, and has also made one of the best defensive line-ups in Premier League history in the form of Tony Adams, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn, Steve Bould, and Martin Keown.
One of his proudest moments as Arsenal manager was in 2004, when he guided his team through their first ever unbeaten season—in a record that lasted 49 games.
In total he has won:
AS Monaco: 1 Coupe de France and one Ligue 1.
Nagoya Grampus Eight: 1 J-League Super Cup and 1 Emperors Cup.
Arsenal: 3 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 4 Community Shields, and 3 Manager of the Year awards.
I hope you enjoyed the read and if you have any questions about the managers, or if you want to ask me anything, please leave a comment.
Remember that this is a voting article so it would be great if we could get as many votes as possible—your vote counts!!!
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