Arsenal v Manchester United preview – Reds can reinforce their title credentials
All eyes will be on the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon as Premier League leaders Manchester United aim to reinforce their pole position at the expense of the Gunners.
October 1st, 2015
Manchester United’s fans couldn’t exactly be described as long suffering, although it must be said that the last few seasons haven’t exactly been a picnic for supporters who are rather used to success. The reign of David Moyes was a complete disaster and the side struggled under Louis van Gaal last season, although the Dutchman has asked for more time and this season’s results would suggest that he is finding the correct formula.
With five wins from their opening seven outings, the Red Devils are enjoying life at the top of the Premier League for the first time since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The performances may not be utterly convincing but the results are certainly starting to appear and they look to be a side more than capable of mounting a serious challenge for the Premier League title, especially with the likes of Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay bringing a belief that success can return to Old Trafford.
This is in contrast to events at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners appear to be stagnating under Arsene Wenger with the Frenchman seemingly forgetting that there was actually a summer transfer window. The only arrival was Petr Cech from Chelsea and his signing has done nothing to help them bridge the gap between themselves and their main rivals Manchester City and Chelsea. Indeed, they appear to have lost ground to rivals West Ham, Crystal Palace, Spurs and Everton.
With the likelihood that they won’t even make it past the Champions League group stage following a second successive defeat, the Gunners will have been dealt a massive psychological blow ahead of this weekend’s clash. Indeed, they will be under huge pressure from the very start and failure to clinch a win will be hard for the fans to bear, given recent on-field events.
Arsenal haven’t displayed any obvious capacity to deal effectively with pressure this season so far, losing all of their crunch matches. In complete contrast, Manchester United have demonstrated that this isn’t an issue for them, as displayed against Southampton, Liverpool and more recently Wolfsburg in the Champions League.
That European outing was proof that the Red Devils are ready to be trusted when it comes to key games. Ok so they are still fairly distant from the Ferguson-era Championship winning sides but they are moving in the right direction. A victory over the Gunners on Sunday afternoon will illustrate this even further.