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Manchester United showing signs of life after a disappointing start
Whisper. However, Old Trafford is beginning to feel rejoicing. It is clear that no Manchester United supporter will get carried away by three consecutive victories. There have been too many false dawns during the post-Alex Ferguson era. Despite the gloomy atmosphere at the club following Erik ten Hag’s defeats to Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion, United may be able to challenge for a top four spot.
It isn’t that they have had perfect performances in recent times. The 2-1 victory over Liverpool was in some ways a unique performance that can’t be duplicated. United was able to take advantage of their arch-rivals’ off-night. The energy and intensity they displayed cannot be replicated more than once a week. This is too hard, both mentally and physically, to execute. It’s also much more difficult to implement a plan like this away from your home than in front of your fans. Ten Hag’s team has not always had it their way, despite 1-0 victories against Southampton City and Leicester City. United was ahead in both of the matches during the first period, but their opponent came back strong after the break. The Saints and Foxes were close to equalizing, but United’s inability to score a second goal to end the game could have been costly.
Ten Hag is to be commended for the way he responded to those two losses at Brentford and Brighton. He has taken some big selections, including the benching of Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo. His authority has been strengthened by his decisiveness. This United team now appears stronger than ever, with Antony and Casemiro still to make it into the starting XI.
Arsenal’s Perfect Start to Season Shows Continued Progress
The first five rounds of fixtures could hardly have gone any better for Arsenal, the only team in the Premier League with a 100 percent record. They had a good start thanks to the fixture computer, which gave them games against Crystal Palace and Fulham, as well as Bournemouth, Fulham, Fulham, Bournemouth and Fulham. The performances were just as good as the results. Mikel Arteta and his side play the fluid, progressive soccer that used to set Arsenal apart from the Premier League.
No one should be taken too seriously. This term, the Gunners won’t win the title. But any worries that a poor end to last season would bleed into the 2022/23 campaign have been cast aside. The mood has been lifted by smart summer signings such as Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus (plus William Saliba who, after several loan spells at other clubs, is now Arsenal’s first-teamer). Arteta is the main credit for making a young, talented team a great one.
The games are going to get harder from now on. Arsenal will begin the month with Manchester United. They’ll start October against Tottenham in the North London Derby. Before the 2022 World Cup starts, they will take on both Manchester City and Chelsea. Arsenal must still prove their worth in this type of fixture starting Sunday’s match.
Arsenal Could Get Stuck on Difficult Opposition Ground
Old Trafford hasn’t been an ideal hunting ground for Arsenal in the Premier League. The Gunners have won at United’s home just four times since the launch of the rebranded top flight in 1992. Their latest success came in 2020, but that is the only time they have won a league match away to the Red Devils since 2006. United has had little to celebrate over the past decade but have managed to win on their home soil.
Sunday’s match will be a tough test for the visitors. Arsenal may be the best team in the world if they can prove themselves at the match. However, history shows that they won’t be able to, and the injury of Martin Odegaard Thomas Partey Oleksandr Ziinchenko will make it even harder.
This is United’s home debut since their win over Liverpool, and they expect the crowd to be eager to do so again. United will have a greater chance of winning the midfield battle with Casemiro, and the speed of Marcus Rashford Jadon Sancho, Anthony Elanga, and Anthony Elanga will be a challenge to an Arsenal backline that has been relatively comfortable.
Arsenal are a much better side now than they were 12 months ago, but we reckon they will once again come unstuck at Old Trafford.
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How to Watch Manchester United vs Arsenal
Teams Manchester United vs Arsenal Location Old Trafford, Manchester, England Time Sunday, 4 September 2022, 11. 30 AM EST How to watch USA Network, fuboTV