Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has labelled speculation over Louis van Gaal’s future as “disrespectful” to the Dutchman – having failed to back Jose Mourinho five days ago. Speculation over Van Gaal’s position at Old Trafford continues to swirl, with the ex-Ajax and Holland coach under pressure after six games without a win.
Mourinho, sacked by Chelsea last week, has been linked as a potential replacement, but Wenger believes Van Gaal has proven himself over a long, distinguished career and should be handed more time to turn things around.
“I personally have huge respect for Louis van Gaal and I think what is going on there is disrespectful,” said the Gunners boss.
“This guy has worked in football for 30 years and has delivered an unbelievable quality of work.”
Wenger’s words came in stark contrast to when he was asked a similar question about Mourinho last week, when he refused to back the then-Chelsea boss.
Similarly, speculation over Pep Guardiola’s future also continues to mount, after the announcement from Germany last week that he would be leaving Bayern in the summer.
Wenger believes that such announcements can have negative effects on teams, while declaring they also add pressure on managers.
“I don’t like that managers come out so early,” added the Frenchman.
“It’s not so good for their own team or for others who are going through a difficult patch.”
However, Wenger believes that Guardiola – heavily-linked with a summer move to replace Manuel Pellegrini – would be a coup for the Premier League.
“He’s a top quality manager, no one would dispute that. Not for what he’s won; Bayern won before, Barcelona still wins together.
“I think [it’s because] of his positive attitude, that he wants his side’s to play in a positive way.”