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Milestones: Wenger eyes Ferguson record

3 Aug 2017
Man Utd's former manager Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger of Arsenal

Arsenal manager on course to break Man Utd legend's PL appearance total in 2017/18

One of the records of the Premier League’s most successful manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is on course to be beaten this season.

En route to his unrivalled 13 titles over the course of 21 seasons at Manchester United, Ferguson took charge of an extraordinary 810 matches in the competition.

Ferguson’s first Premier League match was also United’s – an inauspicious 2-1 defeat at Sheffield United on 15 August 1992. 

More than four years on from his last – a remarkable 5-5 draw with West Bromwich Albion on 19 May 2013 – Ferguson’s feat is on course to be trumped by Arsene Wenger.

The 67-year-old Arsenal manager has racked up 790 appearances in the dugout over the course of 20 seasons, the first of which was a 2-0 victory at Blackburn Rovers on 12 October 1996.

Assuming he is still in charge of the north Londoners by the end of the calendar year Wenger stands to equal the record at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.

Wenger could set a new milestone at The Hawthorns, the same venue of Ferguson's PL swansong, against West Bromwich Albion on 30 December.

Premier League's longest-serving managers

Manager Matches Wins Win %
Ferguson 810 528 65.2%
Wenger 790 457 57.8%
Redknapp 641 236 36.8%
Moyes 499 196 39.3%
Allardyce 488 165 33.8%

See: Milestones: Barry closing in on Giggs' mark

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