- Man Utd leads all-time 78W-42D-62L
- Red Devils 12W-4D-3L since start of 2009
- Gunners six points ahead of United
Manchester United’s recent history of handling Arsenal will be put to the test by the in-form Gunners at Old Trafford on Saturday (Watch live at 7:30 a.m. EDT on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
Throw in the first meeting between the sides since longtime Arsene Wenger rival Jose Mourinho joined the fray at Old Trafford, and we’ve got the makings of a beaut.
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Mourinho made minor waves on Friday by insisting that Wenger was cut more slack by the press during times of struggle. The Man Utd boss said he gets “no respect” when his sides perform poorly.
There’s pressure on both sides, as Arsenal is in the thick of a title fight and United could drop as many as nine points off the Top Four pending other results.
What they’re saying
Michael Carrick on United’s title ambitions: “We’re realistic, we know what’s ahead of us. There are some really good teams ahead of us and it is very tight. But we still feel that we’re heavily involved and we’ll have a big say in it. There’s an awful lot more to come from us and if we can stay in touch, and now’s the time to click, that’s why we feel we’ve got such a good chance.”
Arsene Wenger on his record vs. United: “You know, we didn’t lose always. We have beaten them and there were many draws as well. I think I have won against every manager in the world during my 20 years here and I do not make of this game a competition between two managers. It’s between two clubs and two teams and I think I can understand that people want to create controversy, but it’s not that that makes the audience. What will make the audience is the quality of the game.”
Arsenal has been slightly stingier than United this season, and has scored eight more goals through 11 matches. It’s a lot to say that Old Trafford can make up for the current gap in form, and Saturday will be a real test of tactical wits between Wenger and Mourinho. It could come down to whether David De Gea or Petr Cech makes more key interventions. Call this one 2-2.