BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson believes Manchester United will get a draw when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates this afternoon.
Despite the Red Devils’ woeful display against Liverpool midweek, Lawrenson still feels that Ralf Rangnick’s men will be able to exploit the Gunners, who haven’t dealt well with the pressure in the race for the top four:
“The only thing that is stopping me going for an Arsenal win is that they have been in a position before where they had a grip on fourth place – in fact, they could almost have guaranteed it by now, They have not dealt with that scenario very well in the past few weeks so I am not convinced things will be different this time.”
“It has to be said, though, that United are all over the place at the moment. With the players he has available, we don’t know how Ralf Rangnick will pick a team and decide on a formation. A point would be a very good result for them in the circumstances.”
Lawrenson has predicted 1-1, which is a scoreline that many United supporters would probably be happy with following the performance at Anfield.
There should be some optimism, though, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane both returning to the matchday squad, and you do feel that the other players will be keen to show some sort of reaction after the nightmare on Merseyside.
Arsenal did show they do have some teeth with their four goals against Chelsea, and they have a strong home record this season as well, so this will be a tough fixture to get any points from.