Jessie’s count­ing on Reds catch­ing Arse­nal on break

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By LIAM CORLESS

JESSE Lin­gard said United are hope­ful of ex­ploit­ing Arse­nal on the coun­ter­at­tack when the two teams meet at the Emi­rates tonight.

The Reds have won two of their last three matches away to the Gun­ners and were un­for­tu­nate to lose 2-0 in March hav­ing been the bet­ter side for much of the game.

A win for United will move them 10 points clear of Arse­nal and keep up the pres­sure on fourth-placed Chelsea as the race for Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion hots up.

“We take a lot of be­lief [from the wins against New­cas­tle and Burn­ley] and the con­fi­dence is flow­ing at the mo­ment,” Lin­gard told the United web­site.

“Away games are al­ways tough and you get your hos­tile at­mos­pheres, but we’re used to that and as long as we stick to our game plan and our tac­tics, then hope­fully we can win the game. Con­fi­dence and fo­cus is very im­por­tant.

“It could be a game where Arse­nal have a lot of the ball, or we have a lot of the ball, but we’re a very good counter-at­tack­ing team and a very good tran­si­tion team, so hope­fully we can catch them on the break here and there.

“We’ve done it most times when we’ve played them away, so that will hope­fully be one of our strong points.”

Mar­cus Rash­ford and An­thony Mar­tial go into the game in good form, with the pair hav­ing scored in both of United’s post-Christ­mas wins, and Lin­gard be­lieves their ap­pli­ca­tion is a big rea­son be­hind their suc­cess.

“They’ve been fir­ing. It’s been great to watch and they’re still young with so much po­ten­tial,” Lin­gard said.

“They’re very hum­ble guys, too, and they want to work hard day in, day out, which is great to see.

“They’ve played to­gether for a few years now and they un­der­stand each other and have a good re­la­tion­ship off the pitch as well – that def­i­nitely helps.”

Jesse Lin­gard says United are play­ing with con­fi­dence

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