Arsene Wenger received a standing ovation from Man United supporters and a prematch gift from Sir Alex Ferguson, but the Arsenal manager’s final trip to Old Trafford ended in a 2-1 defeat and kept his team waiting for their first away point of 2018.

Painful End

There was no perfect ending to Arsène Wenger’s iconic 22-season rivalry with Manchester United. Instead, it was an all-too-familiar feeling for the departing Arsenal manager.

Honored and embraced before kickoff by past and present United managers Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho, Wenger trudged away from Old Trafford nursing yet another painful loss after Arsenal’s young and weakened side conceded an injury-time goal on Sunday.

Marouane Fellaini glanced in a header in the first minute of stoppage time to earn United a 2-1 win in Wenger’s last match at Old Trafford before he leaves Arsenal at the end of the season.

Ferguson was Wenger’s greatest rival but Mourinho was arguably his most bitter, and a loss like Sunday’s would have hurt the Frenchman.

“Unfortunately in my job, you remember much better the defeats than the victories,” Wenger said, “and I have some painful memories here.”

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