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Arsene Wenger delivers verdict on Louis van Gaal and Alex Ferguson

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has moved to bury the hatchet with former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson ahead of the two sides meeting in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Monday.

Ferguson and Wenger shared a fierce rivalry during their time together on the touchline before the former decided to retire in 2013.

The pair shared plenty of heated debates during their time competing together, but Wenger says there's no animosity between the pair any more. He told the BBC: "Look, I am happy to see him now, much more than before because we have gone through some difficult spells in our relationship.

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"In the end it became more peaceful and respectful. Today we are happy to have a good dinner together, a good glass of wine and talk about football and raise above the differences we had before."

Wenger also had plenty to say about Louis van Gaal, the man currently trying to revive Manchester United's ailing fortunes.

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The Dutchman has come in for criticism for his style of play this season despite the fact that the Red Devils are well in the hunt for a top four finish having fallen well short last term under the man who replaced Ferguson, David Moyes.

The Frenchman is adamant that Van Gaal is doing a good job at Old Trafford, and backed him deliver Manchester United back to the big time.

"I think he's a great manager and if you look at what he's done in his life, it's absolutely outstanding," he insisted.

"He's in a period when they are rebuilding their team and he has stabilised their team. They have lost only two out of the last 18 games. But I believe as well the environments of the teams, of the clubs, has changed.

"Everybody is always under severe scrutiny, questioning, the media environment is much more demanding, the social network is a lot more demanding and every game today is a trial where you are judged before and after."

Manchester United will continue their quest for Champions League qualification after their showdown against Arsenal against fellow top-four rivals Tottenham.

Is Wenger right to speak out in public about the job Van Gaal is doing?

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