Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has heaped praise on Arsene Wenger ahead of our clash with Manchester United this weekend, citing his longevity at the club as one of the things that makes him great, as reported by FourFourTwo.
The Dutchman is adamant that Wenger is one of the world’s best managers, even suggesting that he is only behind Sir Alex Ferguson in that manner. He insists that it’s not all about trophies, and claims that Wenger being at the club so long is something that should be celebrated.
He clearly believes remaining with one club for a long period of time is something to be admired, and claims that Ferguson and Wenger are two of the best coaches around for achieving what they have at their respective clubs.
“I think that he is doing great work,” van Gaal said.
“When you can, like Sir Alex Ferguson, stay in a club for such a long time you have to be very good. Otherwise you shall not succeed.
“I think Arsene Wenger is one of the best coaches of this world. Sir Alex Ferguson is the best because he won the most titles.
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“It’s easy to say that [about Arsenal not winning the league] but, Arsene Wenger, when you are such a long time with one club and everybody is satisfied – the fans, the board, the players – then you are very good, believe me.
“I hope for you that you are such a long time with the same paper!”
There are plenty of unlikeable managers in the Premier League, but van Gaal isn’t really one of them. The way he deals with journalists may mean they feel differently, but he is always respectful both to and about his fellow managers.
This weekend’s clash could have huge ramifications on the Premier League, and a win could send us top of the table – if other results go our way. We badly need to bounce back from our disappointing loss against Olympiacos midweek, and Manchester United’s trip to the Emirates is the perfect way to do that.
Coming off the back of a 5-2 win over Leicester City in the Premier League, hopefully we can continue our fine goalscoring form and get a dominant win over van Gaal’s side.