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“It’s true…” Premier League legend hands Manchester United blow in admission about Arsenal



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Former Arsenal and Chelsea legend Cesc Fabregas has stated that Manchester United will be beaten “comfortably” by Arsenal this weekend.

Coming off the back of a 4-0 loss away to Crystal Palace, United will need to show massive signs of improvement to stop Arsenal doing a Premier League double over the Red Devils.

Early last season, Erik ten Hag had to rely on two goals from Marcus Rashford to help beat the Gunners 3-1, with the Englishman scoring twice in the second half to secure United the win. Ten Hag is unlikely to be able to ask the winger to replicate that feat on Sunday as Rashford continues to battle the injury that has kept him out of the Reds’ last three games.

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With Ten Hag’s managerial future seemingly hanging in the balance, a win over Arsenal may hand Manchester City the league title, but it may also secure him another few months in the Old Trafford hot seat.

Thomas Tuchel, Hansi Flick and Jose Mourinho are just some of the managers who have expressed an interest in taking the head coach position if Ten Hag’s time at United comes to an end.

For Ten Hag to keep his role at the club, his United squad will need to finish strongly and beat Arsenal, something Premier League winner Cesc Fabregas cannot see happening, handing a blow to United considering their chances at Old Trafford on Sunday.

“A derby is a derby; I consider it a big game. Arsenal and United have always been special games,” Fabregas told the Planet Premier League Podcast. “It’s true that, at the moment, United are not at the level they were in the past, we can all agree with that. Arsenal are too strong for them at the moment.

“I do think Arsenal play by memory, they are confident, they believe, they have experience, they have grown over the last year and improved.

“So yeah, I think Arsenal will win that game comfortably. I won’t say easy because United are United, and the history of the badge on the chest and Old Trafford is Old Trafford, and we have to respect that.

“But, I consider Arsenal too strong at the moment.”

Though a win over Arsenal will do little to change United’s Premier League fortunes, it would help to build momentum ahead of the FA Cup final against Manchester City at the end of this month.