Contrary to the tabloid image of their relationship, Arsène Wenger believes there is "common ground" between himself and Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Old Trafford boss brings his Manchester United side to Emirates Stadium on Saturday lunchtime. With both sides jostling for top spot this game is a throwback to the turn of the millennium when these fixtures were considered to be title-deciders.

In the build-up to those games the media loved to pitch the fiery Scot against the ice-cool Frenchman. However Wenger believes the pair share a major personality trait - their belief in blooding young players.

Ferguson famously won the title throughout the late 1990s with a young English side that had emerged through the club's youth system. At the moment Wenger is trying to do the same thing with largely imported talent.

"That's where the common ground is [with Ferguson]," said Wenger at Friday's press conference. "He's not scared to take a chance with young players and bring them through, and nor am I.

"He's the only other manager to have brought a young side through to win the title."

However, in the modern age, Wenger believes even Ferguson has had to look further afield for his emerging talent.

"What he did to bring those young English players through [in the early 1990s], he cannot do any more," said Arsenal manager.

"So what has he done now? He has brought young foreign players through to dominate the game again.
Nani, Ronaldo, Anderson - certainly these kind of talents aren't available as much in England at the moment."

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2 Nov 2007