Manchester United vs Arsenal : Arsenal take their impressive unbeaten run to Old Trafford tonight, fresh off the back of their north London derby victory over Tottenham.
== MATCH INFO ==
Soccer : Premier League
Team : Manchester United vs Arsenal
Date : Wednesday, December 5
Start Time : 3:00 Pm Et
Unai Emery’s side are unbeaten in 19 games across all competitions and take on a Man Utd side which continue to stutter.
Jose Mourinho’s side clawed back from two-goals down to draw with Southampton 2-2 on Saturday night, and while they hold the upper hand in terms or head-to-head meetings with Arsenal, the Gunners will be feeling confident ahead of this one.
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It was a measure of the disparity between two formerly fierce rivals that by the end, Sir Alex Ferguson had almost nothing but sympathy for Arsene Wenger.Manchester United vs Arsenal
Whereas Manchester United and Arsenal once contested a duopoly at the top of the Premier League in a rivalry that came to define the period either side of the Millennium, it got to a point where Ferguson saw his team put eight past the Gunners and then proceeded to defend his counterpart from accusations his best days were behind him.
United may have floundered in the five years since Ferguson departed, but their superiority over Arsenal has largely remained intact, at least in the Premier League at Old Trafford, where the Gunners have not won since 2006. It is, perhaps, the venue which raised more questions about the team’s mental strength than any other.
Invariably, no matter the recent form of the two teams or the line-ups, the Gunners would underperform. The 8-2 thrashing of 2011 almost resembled an open wound that reinforced feelings of self-doubt.
Jose Mourinho managed to see off Wenger last season with a stoppage-time winner, but his stock has since fallen at such an alarming rate that he is the manager under most pressure this evening.
It would speak volumes for the current value of both managers were Unai Emery to end a 12-year wait for victory at United and overcome this mental block.
Equally, it would be another sign of United’s inexorable decline under Mourinho, whose self-aggrandising style has never sat comfortably with a club who see themselves as the best in the world.
United have not come close to living up to that moniker since the days of Ferguson, instead aiming to show it off the field with lavish, scattergun spending in a desperate attempt to stay relevant.
Two massive contracts which have subsequently caused big problems. The contrasting ways in which Mourinho and Emery have handled this issue highlights their styles.