Wenger brands Van Gaal speculation as "disrespectful"

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal's job is under threat at Man Utd
Van Gaal's job is under threat at Man Utd

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit out at the frenzied speculation over Louis van Gaal's future as Manchester United manager in recent days, but he has refused to offer any words of sympathy for sacked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Van Gaal's position as United boss has been the subject of intense debate in recent days, with Mourinho strongly tipped to replace him at Old Trafford just a few days after his was relieved of his duties at Stamford Bridge.

Now Arsenal boss Wenger has joined the discussion, as he suggested the highly decorated Van Gaal deserves more respect than he has been given in the last few days.

"I personally have huge respect for Louis van Gaal and I think what is going on there is disrespectful," said the Arsenal boss.

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

Wenger often offers words of support for managers when they are sacked, but he was less willing to be so charitable when the man in question was his old foe Mourinho, as he served up this response in reaction to his demise at Chelsea.

"Look a lot has been made of that and I do not want to add anything," stated Wenger on Mourinho.

"I do not want anyone to lose his job. You know my personal feelings on that front. I think it is aways sad when people lose his job."

Wenger was also critical of Pep Guardiola, after he confirmed he was quitting Bayern Munich at the end of the season and heightened speculation that he could move to the Premier League, with Arsenal among the clubs mentioned as a possible destination for the Spaniard.

"I don’t like that managers come out so early," he added. "It’s not so good for their own team or for others who are going through a difficult patch.

"He is a top quality manager, nobody would dispute that. Not so much about what he has won. Bayern won already, Barcelona are still winning, but more his philosophy on the game.

"He wants his team to play football in a positive way and I respect that."