Manchester United enjoyed a convincing 5-1 win against FC Midtjylland in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 clash, emphatically booking their place in the next round of the competition in the process, but their upturn in-form could well worry Arsenal, who travel to Old Trafford searching for a first league win in United’s backyard for a decade.
Arsenal fearful of Man Utd’s upturn in form?
Arsenal’s last win in the Premier League at Old Trafford was all the way back in 2006, and since then they have picked up a meagre two points from the eight meetings that followed. It’s a woeful return, but it could now be set to continue considering United’s miraculous turnaround. Arsenal were banking on a slip-up to knock their confidence, but United have their tails up and want to deliver a big statement in the Premier League.
The 5-1 home win against the Danish side in Europe followed a 3-0 win in the FA Cup against Shrewsbury Town, and they have now scored eight goals in their last two home games in all competitions. It’s the form United have been waiting for under manager Louis van Gaal, and sees supporters licking their lips at the prospect of facing Arsenal now.
No time for excuses
The Gunners may be waiting ten years for a league win at Old Trafford but they desperate need all three points this weekend to stay in the title race. They could end up five points adrift of the top spot if they suffer a defeat, so Arsene Wenger’s men have to get the job done over 90 minutes. Their clash with United is one of two big games in the division to come with the North London derby with fierce rivals Tottenham just over a week away.
With Spurs chasing the title too this season, the derby clash has added incentive, and with a game of such magnitude to come it places extra emphasis on Arsenal to start winning the crucial ties that could define their campaign. United aren’t even deemed as genuine contenders this season so the Londoners have to start banishing their demons against bogey opposition.
Last season, Arsenal won against the inconsistent Red Devils at home, but could only muster a point on the road. The Gunners have a poor record against United regardless of venue when it’s a league fixture. One win in their last nine head-to-heads won’t give Wenger much confidence now their opponents are back in good shape. Manchester United are 12/5 to win against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, but will they come out on top? Or can Arsenal finally end the winless run at Old Trafford?