NOW OR NEVER FOR MIK
IT could be the moment of truth for a few clubs this weekend, because they are facing a true test of their credentials.
There have been murmurings about Arsenal, and whether they are good enough to even challenge for the top four, and a visit to Old Trafford, especially after United produced their biggest performance of the season in midweek, may tell us that.
I think Mikel Arteta (above) has done a good job in restoring belief and confidence in his side, but they have lost three games already this season, and the time has come for them to stand up and show they can win away at a ‘big six’ club. If they lose again, then they’re under real pressure.
United are in the same boat too though. They looked really dangerous against RB Leipzig and solid at the back, but seven points from their first five games means there is no margin for error. Another defeat brings yet more questions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
On a different note, but in similar vein,
Carlo Ancelotti will want Everton to bounce back after defeat last week.
And they will have to do it without James Rodriguez, apparently, as well as Lucas Digne and Richarlison.
If they have top-four ambitions, then they have to find a way to win at the likes of
Newcastle even without their star players, so it will be fascinating to see how they get on.