Arsenal FC manager ArsA?ne Wenger has slammed the recent speculation surrounding under-fire Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, insisting that the Dutchman deserves more time


ArsA?ne Wenger has thrown his support behind Louis van Gaal, with the Dutchman reportedly being given two games by Manchester United to save his job. The Frenchman believes the rumours about his potential departure have been disrespectful and that the Red Devils’ boss deserves more time.

Wenger also appeared to criticise Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola for making official his intention to leave the club this early, although in fairness to the Spaniard, it was ostensibly the Bavarian club who decided to make Guardiola’s departure public at this early stage of the season.


The Gunners’ boss is quoted by the Daily Express as saying: “I do not want to go in a world of speculation. I have personally huge respect to Louis Van Gaal and what is going on at the moment is disrespectful.

a This guy has worked for 30 years in football and has delivered unbelievable quality of work. Of course he deserves more time.”

On Guardiola, the Frenchman opined: a I dona t like the fact that a manager has come out so early as it is not good for his own team not for the speculation on other managers going through a difficult patch.”

Wenger has a point, but that is the nature of the Manchester United job

Although it is easy to see where Wenger is coming from, the speculation, criticism and even abuse is part and parcel of being such a recognisable figure at one of the biggest clubs in world football — and failing to perform to the expected standards.

If anybody is to blame for the ‘disrespectful’ speculation, it is arguably Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman of Manchester United, who presumably briefed journalists about Van Gaal having the next two games to turn things around.

The departure of David Moyes was similarly disrespectful, with several journalists aware of the decision to relieve the Scotsman of his duties even before the former Everton manager knew of it himself.