Arsene Wenger: 'Manchester United will challenge with Louis van Gaal'

Netherlands' coach Louis van Gaal attends a training session of the Dutch national football team in Hoenderloo on May 7, 2014
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Arsene Wenger expects Louis van Gaal to restore Manchester United as title contenders next season.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed Manchester United to challenge for the Premier League title under the guidance of Louis van Gaal next season.

The Red Devils went into last term as champions, but with David Moyes in place of the retired Sir Alex Ferguson, their defence of the trophy was an inconsistent one and the team eventually finished seventh.

However, Moyes's successor Van Gaal, who has won titles in Holland, Spain and Germany, has proven to Wenger at the World Cup in charge of the Netherlands that he has the credentials to return United to the higher echelons of the table.

"He is going to be a fantastic manager in the Premier League," Wenger told beIN Sports. "I liked how the decisions he made were clear [at the World Cup], how the timing of his decisions were always right and in my opinion it was the right decision every time.

"I am sure that Manchester United will be competitors this year for the championship and that will be more interesting."

Van Gaal is expected to arrive in Manchester early next week, before he travels to the USA with the squad for their pre-season tour.

England coach Gary Neville watches a training session on August 11, 2013
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