Wenger backs Moyes and calls for patience at Manchester United

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed David Moyes to succeed at Manchester United ahead of the Gunners clash with the champions at the Emirates.

The Gunners boss has backed the Manchester United boss to ‘do perfectly’ as long as the champions give the Scot time and patience following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson after 26 years in charge at Old Trafford.

Moyes’ side travel to the Emirates on Wednesday to face an Arsenal side who were knocked from the top of the table following a 5-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

The Red Devils will also be looking to bounce back after a thoroughly unconvincing display against Premier League basement side Fulham in the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Darren Bent’s injury time equalizer compounds an already disappointing and difficult debut season in charge of United for Moyes. The reigning Premier League champions current sit 7th in the table 15 points off leaders Chelsea and 9 points behind Liverpool in 4th.

"When a person has been at a club for such a long time, it's always a void created when he goes," said Wenger.

"But I believe Moyes, if given time, will do that perfectly."

"You need time and patience. You need to be in a strong club. [Moyes] is in a strong club and I think he will be given time to do it," added the Frenchman.

Time is something Manchester United are expected to give Moyes in abundance, especially after their £37.5 million outlay on club record signing Juan Mata in January.

The clash at the Emirates this week will also see the return to the Emirates of former Arsenal captain Robin van Persie who scored the Red Devils’ opening goal against the Cottagers on Sunday.

Wenger responded ‘coyly’ when quizzed by reporters ahead of the fixture on whether the Dutch striker could one day re-sign for the Gunners.

"I think it is best we don't talk about it at the moment," was Wenger’s reply.

“Look, I don't think that is an ideal subject for us to treat today.”

Read into that what you will but the only certainty at present is that both sides will be looking for to respond and take all three points on Wednesday evening.

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