There was a time in the fairly recent past when this fixture was one between fierce and bitter rivals who had little if any love for each other. The animosity when they were undeniably the two top sides in the country fed clashes such as ‘Pizzagate’ in December when United halted the Gunners’ 49-match unbeaten run with a 2-0 victory that degenerated into a cocktail of punch-ups and food fights in the tunnel after the game.
Alas, this week has been marked by Sir Alex Ferguson making a plea for his own fans to call time on an unfortunate and tasteless chant about his opposite number, Arsene Wenger. In a reminder to Old Trafford regulars about the damage done by some lines of ‘terrace wit’, he said, “Manchester
United’s theme this season has become almost a clich