Jose Mourinho hints that Arsenal is only above Manchester United in the Premier League because they are a Europa League team.
And when the fourth-placed Gunners clash with Jose’s seventh-placed team at Old Trafford tonight, the Special One is hoping his manne can out their visitors in their place.
The Red Devils are winless in three league matches, with a raft of defensive injuries.
And Jose says: “It will be a very difficult match for us because we are going to play against a good team in a good moment, without an accumulation of matches, because they are playing the Europa League and when you play Europa League you normally play with second-choices and give good rest to the players.
“But in spite of our selection issues, they know it won’t be easy either.”
Meanwhile, Gunners boss Unai Emery challenged his side to prove they are on the up after beating Tottenham in a 4-2 comeback victory on Sunday.
With his Arsenal team unbeaten in 19 games, the Spaniard says: “If we’re stronger now, we need to [show it tonight].
“It’s a new match, a new challenge, a big challenge.
“It’s away and we need to continue improving our mentality away.
“We know we need to change to get more competitive away.
“I think the team is doing that, but it’s Manchester United away, and the challenge is bigger than other matches.”
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Wednesday night’s other fixtures
Wolves v Chelsea (9.45 pm)
Fulham v Leicester (9.45 pm)
Everton v Newcastle (9.45 pm)
Burnley v Liverpool (9.45 pm)
Tottenham v Southampton (10 pm)
Man United v Arsenal on Wednesday night at Old Trafford,10 pm.