Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger said Wednesday that he believes Manchester United’s recent treatment of manager Louis van Gaal is “disrespectful,” reports The Guardian’s David Hytner.
Van Gaal is reportedly on the chopping block with United, as the club has not won in six straight matches, and most recently endured a 2–1 loss to Norwich City on Dec. 19.
The club’s owners, as well as executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, have reportedly made contact with representatives of former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who was sacked last week.
“I have a huge respect for Louis van Gaal and I think what is going on there is disrespectful,” Wenger said. “This guy has worked for 30 years in football and has delivered unbelievable quality of work. Of course he deserves more time.”
On Wednesday, van Gaal answered just three questions before abruptly exiting a press conference that lasted just four minutes and 58 seconds. He left the room after being asked about his future with the club, amid the rumors about his firing.
United currently sits in fifth place in the Premier League table, and is tied with fourth-place Tottenham at 29 points, while sitting nine points behind Leicester City at the top.