Mark Lawrenson predicts Manchester United v Arsenal

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BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson believes Arsenal will beat Manchester United in the FA Cup tonight.

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has written in his BBC prediction column that Arsenal will beat Manchester United in the FA Cup tonight.

This weekend's quarter-final clashes haven't been too entertaining so far; a 0-0 draw between Bradford City and Reading was followed up by Aston Villa's 2-0 win over West Brom on Saturday, whilst Liverpool drew 0-0 with Blackburn on Sunday afternoon at Anfield.

Yet now, we come to the biggest clash of the round - Manchester United hosting Arsenal at Old Trafford with a place in the semi-finals up for grabs.

United edged past League One side Preston in the last round in controversial circumstances, whilst Arsenal beat Middlesbrough 2-0 in the last round. 

The two sides have had some memorable FA Cup battles over the years, none more famous than the 1999 semi-final at Villa Park, where Ryan Giggs scored a remarkable solo goal to send United to the final - and one part of their historic treble.

Now though, United are stumbling through games under Louis van Gaal whilst Arsenal are in outstanding form in the league with eight wins from the last ten games.

With that in mind, Lawrenson told the BBC that he believes Arsenal will go to Old Trafford and win the game 2-1 - because United just aren't clicking right now.

"Manchester United just keep on winning games but this is the first time in a couple of months that they have played against a top-six team, since they lost to Southampton in January," wrote Lawrenson. "United's will to win is not in doubt but they are just not playing well. And they move the ball so slowly that I don't think they will get any better for a while."

"So many of United's players are searching for form but somebody always steps up to drag them over the line when it matters. I don't think it will be enough against Arsenal, though, especially if the Gunners have the same approach as they did when they beat Manchester City in January," he added.

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