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Arsene Wenger defends Jose Mourinho and backs former rival to get Manchester United ‘back on track’

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Arsene Wenger has defended Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (Picture: Getty)

Arsene Wenger has defended Jose Mourinho and backed his former rival to get Manchester United ‘back on track’.

The Red Devils made a poor start to the new season, losing three of their first seven Premier League games to drop to tenth.

They have won three of their last four games to climb back up to seventh, but Mourinho remains under pressure with a section of the club’s fan-base concerned about the lack of progress during his reign.

Wenger believes United showed signs of promise in their recent victories over Everton and Bournemouth and says the fans should trust Mourinho’s ‘quality and experience’.

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He told BeIN Sports: ‘For me this is a very sensitive subject.

‘It looks to me that against Everton and Bournemouth he turned his team on the right side in terms of the performance.

‘His team was down and responded twice in a very positive way. Overall you can trust his quality and experience to get Manchester back on track.

‘They have an important game tonight [away at Juventus in the Champions League] to show that.’

Asked whether he has seen a change in Mourinho since leaving Arsenal at the end of last season, Wenger added: ‘I don’t see him working everyday so I don’t know if he has changed or not.

‘We had very heated confrontations so for me I don’t think his motivation has dropped.’

Manchester United travel to Turin on Wednesday evening having lost to Italian champions Juventus 1-0 at Old Trafford at the end of last month.

Mourinho will be without Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who remains injured, but could call upon Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini after they both returned to training.

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