BBC pundit pinpoints where Arsenal can hurt Manchester United on Monday

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal travel to Manchester United in a fascinating FA Cup quarter-final clash on Monday.

Robbie Savage has told the BBC that Arsenal can hurt Manchester United on Monday by applying high pressure on their midfield duo and using their pace on the counter.

The Red Devils host the Gunners at Old Trafford knowing that the FA Cup represents their last realistic chance of silverware for the season.

But their chances of winning the trophy on current form appear rather slim, as inconsistent performances have caused plenty of talk of grumbles in the media and in and around Old Trafford.

United boss Louis van Gaal may have denied a rift the alleged rift with assistant Ryan Giggs, as reported by the Guardian, but on-field results haven’t been the best with just five wins since the turn of the year.

Despite claiming the three points in a late 1-0 victory at Newcastle United, Van Gaal’s men were far from convincing and Savage pinpointed a key weakness the Gunners should exploit on Monday.

"After seeing how much Newcastle's pace on the break hurt United on Wednesday, the Gunners should try to do the same with their fast players by putting pressure on United's two central midfielders,” Savage said.

“If Arsenal can nick the ball when Ander Herrera is high up the pitch then they can hurt United. Arsenal should go for it at Old Trafford and I see Arsene Wenger's side winning 2-1."

Their Champions League disappointment against Monaco aside, the North Londoners head to Old Trafford in buoyant mood and more importantly in good form.

Since the turn of the year, Wenger’s men have won seven of nine Premier League fixtures and as a result have jumped up to third place in the table, overtaking Van Gaal’s side.

The Emirates outft boast an array of attacking talent and in Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, they possess an attacking quarter full of trickery, pace, strength and intelligence.

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