Arsene Wenger has praised Manchester United manager David Moyes ahead of his side’s trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.

The former Everton boss has endured a tough start to his career in Manchester, with his side suffering defeats in the league at the hands of Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion as well as a humiliating thrashing by fierce rivals Manchester City.

But Wenger believes Moyes is doing the best job that he could possibly have done following the hugely successful reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.

“David Moyes has shown great competence at Everton, so you need to leave him time to really get a grip on Manchester United, and he is slowly doing that,” the Frenchman told BBC Sport.

“When someone has been there for 26 years and goes, it takes time for the guy who comes in.

“It is very dangerous and difficult for the manager who comes in. For me, Moyes is dealing very well with the situation. You see it now in the results.”

United’s form has improved since they were beaten by West Brom at the end of September, and they are now unbeaten in their last eight matches.

Besides dropping points to high-flying Southampton who scored a last minute equaliser at Old Trafford, the Red Devils have won every Premier League game since then, seeing off Sunderland, Stoke City and Fulham.

Arsenal and Manchester United enjoyed some fiery encounters during the late 1990s and early 2000s, but their rivalry has gone off the boil in more recent years as Ferguson and Wenger’s relationship mellowed. 

The Arsenal boss admitted: “It will be strange without Sir Alex Ferguson there on Sunday.”

Arsenal are set to welcome back Mathieu Flamini to the squad, while Jack Wilshere may also make the squad following an ankle injury.

Arsenal can move 11 points clear of Moyes' side with a win.

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