Sunday Mirror

NOW OR NEVER FOR MIK

- Sports · Soccer · Arsenal F.C. · Old Trafford · Manchester United F.C. · Mikel Arteta · Mikel John Obi · RB Leipzig · Leipzig · Ole Gunnar Solskjær · Carlo Ancelotti · James Rodríguez · Newcastle United Football Club · Everton F.C. · Lucas Digne

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.

 ??  ??
 ??  ??

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK