The Premier League has a full slate of matches this weekend, highlighted by Sunday’s clash between Manchester United and Arsenal (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).
While a match between the two powerhouse clubs is always a top attraction, this weekend’s match carries some added importance, although still early in the season. United is currently atop the table, with Arsenal in fourth just three points behind the leaders.
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United have won three straight in the league and four straight in all competitions, and are riding after a come-from-behind victory in the Champions League midweek over Wolfsburg. Now in sole possession of first place, manager Louis Van Gaal said his team has what it takes to win the title.
Speaking ahead of the match against Arsenal, LVG said everyone at the club has the belief they can continue to succeed, and that the belief will grow when, not if, they win at the Emirates.
I think you have to believe always in this [ability to win the title]. And I think the balance in our selection is much better than last year and last year we also had the chance.
So I believe in that, but the most important thing is not only that I believe, but that the players are believing in that.
And when we win at Arsenal, then the belief shall raise a lot, I believe.
Bold words from the boss, as United is facing an Arsenal side that will be keen to get a result after a disappointing loss to Olympiacos in the Champions League. However, Van Gaal has earned the right to be confident in his team.
After spending more than $350 million on new players since taking over at Old Trafford, it looks like LVG’s masterplan is finally taking shape. United has grasped Van Gaal’s tactics and continue to get results, despite not reaching top form yet. There’s still a long season ahead, but a result against Arsenal will certainly help Manchester’s title hopes.