MANCHESTER UNITED will be the underdogs when they take on Arsenal at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
That is the view of BT Sport pundits Jermaine Jenas and Owen Hargreaves, who think that the Gunners will have taken huge confidence from their win over Tottenham.
Unai Emery’s men made it 19 games unbeaten in all competitions with victory over their north London rivals at the weekend.
The 4-2 win against a good Spurs side showed the rest of the Premier League that they are a team on the up since Arsene Wenger left in the summer.
The situation for Jose Mourinho’s United team however could not be more different with the team already eight points behind Arsenal and 19 behind leaders Manchester City in the table.
“It is kind of weird saying it but I would have to put them favourites for that game”
The Red Devils, who have a negative goal difference after 14 games, endured a disappointing 2-2 draw with lowly Southampton at the weekend.
And with an injury crisis in defence, fans will not be relishing the arrival of Arsenal to Old Trafford.
In previous years, the fixture has not been a happy hunting ground for the London team, but this time is different.
And Jenas and Hargreaves think that for the first time in a while, the away team actually go into the game as favourites.
“It was a brilliant performance from Arsenal against Tottenham and then they are going to Old Trafford with that type of form and that type of confidence off the back of that,” he told BT Sport.
“It is kind of weird saying it but I would have to put them favourites for that game.
“I don’t know if its the space that United are in but Arsenal are in really good place right now.”
Former United midfielder Hargreaves agreed that Arsenal have the upper hand and singled out Pogba as one who must play even though he is under-performing at the moment.
“Pogba is their best player so he should be playing,” he added.
“I don’t know what is going on behind the scenes and I can’t think of an Arsenal team going to Old Trafford and potentially being favourites but his performance against Southampton was poor to say the least.
“When Pogba plays poorly he takes too many touches but as much as he is struggling, the team is struggling and they need him because he is their best player and I don’t understand the benefit of having him on the bench.”
A win for Arsenal could see them climb above Chelsea into third spot in the Premier League while anything other than a win could potentially see Leicester leapfrog them into eighth.