The former Gunners midfielder mirrored on the notorious fixture at Old Trafford and was left upset on the method by which they had been crushed
Cesc Fabregas has revealed his frustration on the method by which Manchester United ended Arsenal’s 49-game unbeaten run again in 2004.
The Red Devils beat the Gunners 2-zero at Old Trafford as Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles aspect lastly tasted defeat, with targets from Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney securing all three factors for United.
The fixture may also be remembered for the ‘Pizzagate’ scandal that noticed Spain midfielder Fabregas throw pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson after a fiery encounter between the title-chasing rivals.
And talking to Rio Ferdinand’s FIVE YouTube channel, Fabregas mirrored on the loss and the way pissed off he was to see the north Londoners lose their unbeaten report at Old Trafford.
“We had been so upset. We had been offended, we had been upset. It had to come to an finish, the 49 video games, it will possibly occur at Old Trafford towards an incredible Man Utd aspect. But I feel it’s the way in which it occurred.
“First of all, Gary Neville, what he did to Antonio Reyes… mamma mia! But each single time he had the ball! Wayne [Rooney] dived for the penalty towards Sol [Campbell].
“The emotion was that we had lost against a great team, which can happen, but we didn’t feel we should’ve lost. We didn’t feel it was the right time to lose our invincible run. Everyone was really, really upset.”
Fabregas additionally acknowledged the problem of developing towards Ferguson’s United sides of that period, with the Red Devils successful an unprecedented 13 Premier League titles throughout the Scot’s time in cost.
“What a team you were,” the previous Barcelona and Chelsea midfielder added. “We beat you a couple of occasions and it felt superb however I at all times felt that in large video games, the place one thing actually mattered, you had been on high of us.
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“Even the FA Cup final in 2005 (Arsenal beat United on penalties after a 0-0 draw at the Millennium Stadium) – you deserved to win that game.”
Fabregas made 303 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners, scoring 57 targets.
The Spaniard received two trophies throughout his time with the north Londoners – the Community Shield in 2004 and FA Cup in 2005 – earlier than deciding to make the transfer again to Barca, whom he left as a 15-year-previous, in 2011.