Some Arsenal and Man United fans are unhappy about the behaviour of players in the tunnel
It's Arsene Wenger's last ever match against Manchester United
When Manchester United and Arsenal play against each other, there is always more at stake than just three points. The two clubs are not geographical neighbours, but they endured a period of intense rivalry during the noughties, when Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson were both at their peak.
Many intense battles were fought out between United and Arsenal over the years, and many words exchanged between Wenger and Ferguson, but there was always a begrudging respect between them. Occasionally, tempers flared and the line was crossed. Pizza-gate, Martin Keown slamming down on Ruud van Nistelrooy, sparking a straight up brawl, Vieira and Keane in the tunnel at Highbury. We've not seen that level of intense rivalry both competitively and emotionally since.
Ferguson made sure Mourinho joined him in paying tribute to Wenger https://t.co/NdQlp3iNxu
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) April 29, 2018
But on Sunday, with Wenger visiting Old Trafford as Arsenal boss for the last time before he leaves his post as Arsenal boss, there was none of that.
Alex Ferguson presented his old foe with a commemorative gift and the pair shared an embrace. There's not a lot to play for, which only added to the friendly feel of the match, but it's still a league game and it was quite something to see the two legends share such a moment.
Fans enjoyed this, although they weren't so keen on the pally nature of what went on between the players in the tunnel pre-game. Opposition players were having a laugh, a hug, and generally being pleasant to each other, such is the modern, globalised world of football.
It didn't go down too well with some.
Ferg and Weng being pally on the pitch giving me lots of feelings. Players being pally in the tunnel makes me sick though.
— Lauren 🐝 (@fateiskind) April 29, 2018
— Odhrán Gallagher (@OdhranGallagher) April 29, 2018
Watching the @Arsenal & @ManUtd teams in the tunnel before the game.. how times have changed.. all smiles, handshakes and hugs.. I miss the days when the players could hardly look at each other because they were about to go to war.. #MUNARS #COYG #footballsgonesoft
— Calum Callaghan (@CalumCallaghan) April 29, 2018
Not sure about all this hugging and kissing in the tunnel, don’t like it at all....#mufc
— Dan (@Dan1Bateman) April 29, 2018
All this hugging and handshakes in the tunnel is all wrong. We should hate the cunts. Not for me.
— B6G 🎗️🏆#️⃣1️⃣4️⃣ (@blocksixgooner) April 29, 2018
— Nick Westcott 💬 (@OiWesty) April 29, 2018