Sir Alex Ferguson admits Darren Fletcher's success as a ball-winner can get up the noses of rival managers but has backed his midfielder as one of the fairest players in football.
Arsene Wenger appeared to target Fletcher after Arsenal's defeat at Old Trafford a fortnight ago, talking of one Manchester United player being "anti-football" and committing 20 fouls without being booked.
Ferguson believes Wenger and Arsenal were merely frustrated by a player who relishes the job of taking the fight to the opposition - especially if that opposition is the Gunners.
The United manager said: "Darren Fletcher is one of the most honest and fairest players in the game.
"Because he wins the ball and he does it fairly, that's what has probably annoyed them. But that's his job - that's what he's good at.
"He's marvellous at pressing the ball, his energy is incredible. The other thing about Darren Fletcher he always seems to be man of the match against Arsenal. They seem to be the club that Darren seems to star against all the time."