Ryan Giggs has revealed that during Manchester United’s intense rivalry with Arsenal he didn’t like Emmanuel Petit because of his long hair.
United’s clashes with Arsenal have provided some of the greatest moments in Premier League history, and Giggs has explained how a deep-running hatred of their rivals motivated Sir Alex Ferguson’s players.
‘I didn’t like Arsenal,’ Giggs told the Daily Mail. ‘I didn’t like Vieira ’cos he was dirty and got away with murder.
‘I didn’t like Petit because he had long hair. ‘I didn’t like Pires even though when you meet him now he’s actually dead nice. I wouldn’t even look at them, didn’t know them and didn’t want to. I wouldn’t allow myself to rate any of them.
‘Berkgamp? Nah, I told myself he wasn’t as good as Eric Cantona. I wasn’t really that kind of person. It wasn’t really me.
‘But you had to get that in your head, that intense dislike. It was pure motivation. But deep down we knew. ‘They were top drawer and that rivalry was everything to us. Deeper even than Liverpool at that time.’