Arsene Wenger has defended Louis van Gaal and insists Manchester United remains “a special fixture” ahead of Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford.
While Arsenal are chasing a first league title in 12 years, United are now outsiders for finishing in the top four with Van Gaal’s side winning just two of their last six Premier League games. They were also thoroughly outplayed in a 3-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium in October.
The Dutchman’s position remains under threat despite a week that saw them advance in the FA Cup and Europa League and, while Wenger still sees a trip to Old Trafford as a glamour fixture, he also offered his sympathy to Van Gaal’s plight.
“I do not want to speak too much about Man United because we are more focused on us and preparing for an important game. Of course he (Van Gaal) has my respect and my sympathy,” he added.
“What can you do? Not a lot but do your job and use your potential of resistance to stress and focus on your job.
“Man United is a big club, Old Trafford is a special place and I believe for every club it remains a special fixture.”