Arsène Wenger

Mind games key in United clash

Arsene Wenger

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Tonight's game at Old
Trafford takes on a psychological importance. The Premier League won't be won
tonight, but the game could have a significant impact on the players' state of
mind and self-confidence.

United seem to be
playing better and better; they are improving their performance game after

The strength of the
team is emerging, and it is coinciding with Wayne Rooney's return to his best

United will be a
serious rival for us in the Champions League and the Premier League, and I
think they will be really hard to play against in the second half of the

They seem to have
rediscovered their defensive stability, and if they can merge it with their
attacking ability they will be very dangerous.

For us it is one of
the biggest matches of the season, so of course our goal is to win. We have demonstrated
that we are strong and efficient away from the Emirates Stadium.

We have only lost once
away, against Chelsea, and we have a lot of regrets about the game at Stamford
Bridge. We shouldn't have lost that match.

We didn't put in a
great performance in our last game against Partizan Belgrade, and I think that
most of my players had the match against Manchester United in mind.

Maybe we suffered from
the 'fear of losing' syndrome, but we did what we had to do to qualify for the
next round.

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