By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger wants Sir Alex Ferguson to carry on as Manchester United manager because he loves pitting his wits against his old adversary.

Ferguson has been in charge at Old Trafford for 23 years but rumours have been circulating this week that he could retire at the end of next season.

The man himself has vehemently denied the speculation, describing those reports as "rubbish". And Wenger will be pleased to hear it. The Frenchman has enjoyed some battle royales with Ferguson down the years and he believes the United manager still relishes the challenge.

"You can see in the way he behaves and manages his team that the hunger is there," said Wenger. "As long as he will live the hunger will be there for success. That's something that doesn't die in you.

"When you get older you have to analyse and consider your health. Have you the physical strength to do the job? But to me at the moment he doesn't look to have any problem.

"It's always interesting facing him. It has been very tight this year and I am confident we will do a few more years [together]."

Wenger celebrated his 60th birthday earlier this season but is still eight years younger than Ferguson. So does he expect to see out another decade in football management?

"No, because nobody can predict a certain age," said Wenger. "You have to accept first that you go year by year. I still feel I have a few years in front of me if I have the luck to be healthy."

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23 Apr 2010