With injury-hit Manchester United deploying no less than seven defenders in their starting lineup today against Arsenal, one might be forgiven for thinking that Sir Alex Ferguson is worried, even scared, about the potent attacking threat posed by the visitors to Old Trafford. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, however, is having none of that:
They always play always against us with a very tight midfield, try to put pressure on us from midfield, and in December they had only Wayne Rooney up front, so I think they always set up against us to defend well. However, I wouldn't say they are scared. They have no reason to be scared because they have enough experience.
To me, it looks more like United literally have nobody to play in midfield, and by choosing to rest both Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes ahead of the more important Champions League tie against Marseille in midweek, Ferguson's hand has been forced. Without Nani, Park Ji-Sung, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, and Darren Fletcher, this is what we've got. Who says United have lost their glamour, eh?