Manchester United are the firm favourites to silence Arsenal fans when the two giants of English football collide on Sunday. It is no secret that this fixture is one of the biggest in world football given that the stadium is always packed and there are the millions of people who will watch it worldwide.
In November and December 2018, it was unimaginable to even entertain the thought of United getting any kind of positive result when it came to this type of fixture. United have won more matches at the Emirates Stadium than any other English side. The post Arsene Wenger era has not brought much promise as expected.
The Gunners are still crippled by the same old problems that affected them in the past. When it comes down to it, the team has failed to get the job done on numerous occasions this season. United
United’s key quality under Ole has been their mental strength. He has managed to get the players back to a winning mentality. Even in the most difficult situation, they have clawed and toiled to get a result or win. This mental strength will be crucial when it comes to maintaining their defensive shape and containing the Gunners’ pressure.
It is expected that some of the leaders such as Nemanja Matic and forward Anthony Martial will be unleashed at the Emirates. United is expected to be formidable regardless of the type of squad that takes to the field.
Manchester United has outclassed opponents since Solsjkaer took over. There are matches that his team dominated from the go and got the wins. There are other times that his team had to sit back and absorb the pressure. This was executed to perfection particularly against PSG, Tottenham and Arsenal.
Rest assured, United will have a strategy to win. Ole does not mind if Arsenal will have most of the ball possession. His greatest weapon is United’s ability to pick Arsenal apart during deadly counter attacks as seen in the FA Cup. If United can have their defensive shape intact then it will be up to the front boys to get the job done.
The Red Devils head into this clash on the backdrop of an impressive run. Solskjaer inherited a team that was 11 points off the top four but is now within three points of third placed Tottenham Hotspur. Under Ole Gunnar Solskajaer, United have won all their away matches in all competitions.
Six out the nine matches have been in the Premier League. The morale boosting Champions League win over PSG should be a huge motivator heading to this match. Ole’s team does fancy their chances in whichever away stadium that they play in. Furthermore, they showed Arsenal a clean pair of heels in the FA Cup this season when United won 3-1 in that hostile backyard.