Arsene Wenger has insisted that past results will not dictate the outcome of the game at Old Trafford with the boss looking for his first win at Man United since September 2006.
We have only managed one draw in that period, which was the point Man United needed to win the league in 2009, being defeated on all the other encounters.
Even during their horrendous home record under David Moyes, the Red Devils managed to defeat us despite the team heading to Old Trafford top of the league and in-form which has led to questions regarding whether or not there is a psychological factor in these games.
Wenger insists that isn’t the case and only the performance on the day will determine the result.
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“I know we have not won at Old Trafford for a few years but I don’t believe history plays any part in this game,” Wenger said (via Evening Standard).
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“It doesn’t matter what shirt they wear, or what stadium they play in. It is down to quality. If I’ve learnt something in my life it’s that the performance on the day decides the outcome of the day, not where you play.”
“We won at Manchester City and the fact that we can win away from home, that is important. If you haven’t won away from home all season it’s more difficult. But we know we can do well away from home.”
Despite the inevitable comments from the boss, the awful record against Man United is a concern and given the nature of the game earlier on in the season at the Emirates, one has to wonder if we can go over the line and claim the win.
In a game that should have been over inside the first 30 mins, we ended up losing 2-1.
Let’s hope the boys can conjure up the spirit and determination they showed at the Etihad Stadium and send us to Wembley!