Arsene Wenger lauds incoming Man Utd boss Van Gaal

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has praised incoming Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal ahead of the Dutchman's impending arrival at Old Trafford.

Speculation has been rife in recent weeks that Van Gaal is set to be named as David Moyes' long-term successor at Manchester United, taking over from temporary boss Ryan Giggs.

The 62-year-old is expected to be announced as Manchester United manager next week, and will take charge after leading the Netherlands to the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Wenger, speaking ahead of Arsenal's game against West Brom this weekend, when asked if he thought Van Gaal could have an impact at Manchester United, said: "Yes of course, he's a top class manager".

However when he was then asked if the Dutchman would relish the chance to take charge at Old Trafford the Arsenal boss replied: "You'll have to ask him that".

Manchester United have three games of their most difficult campaign in recent memory remaining, with Champions League qualification long gone.

Having guided the Red Devils to a convincing 4-0 win over Norwich in his first game in charge last weekend, Giggs insists he is focused on securing three more points against Sunderland tomorrow, and not speculation regarding his potential role at the club under Van Gaal.

"Nothing has changed – it's until the end of the season. We'll chat when that's over," he told reporters.

"I've got a lot to think about, whether to carry on playing. But my concentration is just on now. The only peace and quiet you do get is when you are on the training pitch. As soon as you are back in the office, you have meetings, you have calls.

Arsenal meanwhile can secure their place in the Champions League with victory over the Baggies at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners are currently 4th, four points clear of Everton, who take on title-challenging Manchester City this weekend.

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