Liam Brady believes Arsene Wenger remains the right man to lead Arsenal.
The Gunners legend is backing the boss despite renewed calls for him to leave from some fans after they failed to qualify for the Champions League.
They finished 5th and as a result will miss out on the competition for the first time in 20 years.
Wenger received backing from his former foe Alex Ferguson as well, with the Scot saying the Gunners would be ill advised to part with their manager:
“The most amazing thing about him is this: he has come through a forest of criticism for months now, and has never bowed.
“He has seen it right through, he has shown a determination, a stubbornness. I think when you look at that, it’s a quality, and I’m not sure they’ll get another manager like that.
‘It’s quite easy to say ‘Get rid of him’, but who do you get? Who do you get in to keep that club the way they are for the next 20 years?
“I really feel sorry for him because I think he’s shown outstanding qualities, and I think he has handled the whole situation. I don’t know many that have done that
“Has long-termism vanished? I hope not, because I think the stability that a manager like Arsene Wenger has brought to Arsenal, and Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest, myself at United.
“There’s no evidence that sacking a manager brings success."
Brady, a former head of the Arsenal youth set-up echoed the comments of Ferguson. He staunchly defended the under fire Frenchman:
“I’d be well and truly in the Wenger camp, Alex Ferguson came out yesterday and said exactly how I feel.
“20 years of how he’s managed the club shouldn’t be discarded because we haven't qualified for the Champions League.
“I know managers defend themselves by using certain stats, but we actually have a better total of points this season then we did last year.
“We finished second last year, its football isn't it? Fans have got to understand that.
“I don't know if Arsene will stay its still I think up in the air, a lot of newspapers are saying he will. If he does I’m happy.”
Manchester United will return to the Aviva Stadium for the first time in seven years as they prepare to take part in a unique international club game against Sampdoria on Wednesday, August 2.
Former Sampdoria player Liam Brady and former Manchester United player Gary Palmister were on hand for today's announcement.