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Video: Arsene Wenger sticks up for Louis van Gaal as pressure mounts on Manchester United boss

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit out at the speculation surrounding the future of Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal.

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Speaking in his press conference on Wednesday, the French tactician insisted that the talk around his fellow manager has been “disrespectful”, as reported by Sky Sports.

Wenger argued that Van Gaal has 30 years of experience in football and has delivered a very high level of quality in his work and deserves more time because of it.

However, it remains to be seen whether or not his view is shared by the United hierarchy after the Premier League giants crashed out of the Champions League earlier this month before slipping out of the top four following defeats to Bournemouth and Norwich City.

Coupled with the troubles that the Red Devils have had scoring goals throughout the season, Van Gaal continues to come under fire and will hope that a positive result at Stoke City on Boxing Day will afford him some more time.

Meanwhile, Wenger also told the media that he disagreed with Pep Guardiola announcing that he would be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season, as he believes that it has a negative effect on others who are struggling in their jobs such as Van Gaal and Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini.

The Spanish tactician will not sign a contract extension with the Bundesliga giants with his current deal set to expire in June, and he has been heavily linked with a move to England next year, as noted by Sky Sports expert Guillem Balague.

Nevertheless, despite the threat of a managerial merry-go-round around him, Wenger will remain firmly focused on ensuring that the Gunners sustain their title push as they travel to Southampton on Saturday hoping to close the gap on leaders Leicester City.

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