Martin Keown has written in The Daily Mail that the FA Cup tie against Arsenal could be “defining” for Manchester United.
The Red Devils will host their Premier League rivals Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the competition at Old Trafford on Monday.
It promises to be an exciting game between two of the biggest clubs in Europe, and Keown seems to suggest that the final result will have more importance for United than for Arsenal.
“I don’t think Arsenal should go there with any fear,” the former Arsenal star wrote in The Daily Mail. “If you look at both teams, Arsenal look stronger at the moment.
“My one worry, is that this fixture could galvanise United. In a dressing room where everything is so controlled and analytical, there is no risk or freedom in United’s play.
“Suddenly when it’s Arsenal against Manchester United, individual aspirations of players to win a game and play at Wembley can make them breakaway from the manager…
“It could be a defining night for United when individuals turn up to play and the personalities come flooding through. If they play as they are, though, then Arsenal can play their football and use their firepower to win the game.”
United are currently a point and a place behind Arsenal in the Premier League table, but their performances have left much to be desired.
Louis van Gaal’s side have picked up points without playing exceptionally well, and there will be some who will doubt if they can carry on like this for the rest of the season.
However, the key point is that United are winning and are on course to finishing in the top four of the Premier League this campaign.
Defeating an in-form Arsenal side at Old Trafford on Monday, though, will not be easy. Even though the Red Devils will have home advantage, Arsene Wenger’s side will be looking to gain a psychological advantage in the race for the top four with a win.