LONDON — Earlier this season, the sports pages of English newspapers were delighted when the public row between Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger kicked off (though no one expected it to be continuing and even gathering pace three months later).

Sports editors danced with delight as a wonderful story, handed to them on a plate, became a banquet.

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