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Rio Ferdinand explains how Sir Alex Ferguson used to get Man United players fired up to play Arsenal

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Manchester United's legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson was so dismissive of bitter rivals Arsenal that he dubbed them 'babies' who didn't like the physical battle of matches and wouldn't have the stomach for the fight, Rio Ferdinand has revealed.

The two sides fought out arguably the Premier League's fiercest rivalry ever since Arsene Wenger entered the world of English football in 1996, continuing until Arsenal won the 2005 FA Cup Final.

Games between the sides have gone down in footballing folklore thanks to the fiery temperament that each team played with and Ferdinand has given an insight into Fergie's pre-match team talks.

Rio Ferdinand (L - pictured arguing with Francis Jeffers in 2003) has revealed what Sir Alex Ferguson used to say to his Manchester United team before games against Arsenal Arsene Wenger (L) and Ferguson (R) often had heated arguments on the touchline  Speaking on William Hill's Stripped Podcast, the United legend said: 'Sir Alex Ferguson used to say, "get in their faces.

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