Former Manchester United boss also says Arsene Wenger was left furious by Gunners’ defeat.
Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says he suspects Cesc Fabregas was the player who threw pizza at him following the 2-0 defeat that ended Arsenal’s 49-game unbeaten run.
Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy each scored as United toppled Arsenal in a bad tempered game in 2004, which saw the two camps involved in an angry confrontation in the tunnel, leaving Ferguson covered in pizza.
The Scot, writing in his autobiography, has revealed that Wenger was furious after the match, dubbed Battle of the Buffet, but admitted he was not certain who had thrown the pizza.
“My recollection of that fabled incident is that when Ruud van Nistelrooy came into the dressing room, he complained that Arsene Wenger had been giving him stick as he left the pitch.
“Right away I rushed out to say to Arsene: ‘You leave my players alone.’ He was incensed at losing the game. That was the reason for his combative behaviour.
“The next thing I knew I had pizza all over me. They say it was Cesc Fabregas who threw the pizza at me but, to this day, I have no idea who the culprit was.
“That day created a division between us. The wound was not fully healed until the Champions League semi-final in 2009, when Arsene invited us into his room after the game and congratulated us.”