Sutton shares the ‘sneaky feeling’ he has ahead of Arsenal versus Manchester United

Chris Sutton speaks about Arsenal Credit: Alamy
Chris Sutton speaks about Arsenal Credit: Alamy

Chris Sutton has “a sneaky feeling for Manchester United” as they prepare to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners are currently top of the Premier League after winning 15 of their 18 matches this season and will come up against a resurgent Man United under Erik ten Hag.

Man Utd, who will be without the suspended Casemiro, can move within five points of Arsenal if they beat Mikel Arteta’s men on Sunday and Sutton thinks it will be a “great game to watch”.

“I always have a sneaky feeling for Manchester United in games like this, with Marcus Rashford so good on the counter-attack and Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen having the eye for the pass that would put him through,” Sutton told BBC Sport.

“On the flip side, I just wonder how much Wednesday’s draw against Palace will have taken out of Erik ten Hag’s side, who will be missing the suspended Casemiro in midfield too.

“As I said on the Monday Night Club on Radio 5 Live, United’s biggest issue at present is managing expectation, because after winning nine games in a row some of their fans started to think they are title contenders again.

“Yes, they have found some consistency with their performance levels but it is Arsenal who have set the standard this season, with 15 wins and only one defeat in their first 18 league games.

“This will be a great game to watch because of United’s threat on the break, but Arsenal are at home and they are playing like they believe they can beat anyone at the moment.”

Man Utd have boosted their attacking options this month with the signing of Wout Weghorst but Andy Cole reckons they should sign Napoli striker Victor Osimhen in the summer.

“I think like everybody else, I was a bit surprised. He had a very good World Cup, scoring a couple of goals against Argentina, and he’s done well at Besiktas, but it’s come from nowhere,” Cole told Betway.

“I think the interesting thing is what the manager is looking for because Weghorst is 6’6”, which is different to the usual profile of United strikers. If you think back to Ruud van Nistelrooy, myself, we were off-the-shoulder strikers.

“(Anthony) Martial has been the same more recently. It’s interesting that they’ve brought in somebody like this now because I’d thought he’d want a different profile in the summer. You want to be getting crosses into Weghorst, rather than getting him away in behind.

“I think Victor Osimhen at Napoli is very good and could be the long-term natural fit. The question is whether Napoli would be prepared to let him go. He’s rangy, got a good first touch, scores goals and is a decent size as well. I watched him play against Liverpool and he was more than prepared to link the play and then run in behind.”

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