Ian Wright sends warning to Arsenal about Man United tactics

Manchester United have been struggling to maintain themselves in the top four of the EPL table year in, year out ever since the legendary Scotsman Sir Alex Ferguson retired while Arsenal are on the verge of failing to qualify for Champions League for the first time since the Frenchman Arsene Wenger took charge in 1996.

The return leg against the Spaniards is next Thursday and Mourinho has suggested he will rest key players at Arsenal as he aims to win the Europa League. In the last match at Old Trafford, we shook hands before and after the game - I remember that I met him in the corridor for the press conferences and we shook hands again.

"In relation to the Premier League I think it's too late because in the past month we played nine matches, seven of them in the Premier League and we had too many problems, too many players out".

Jose Mourinho says there is no need to make peace with old foe Arsene Wenger as there are no problems between them.

"When there is peace, we don't have to have problems". I know a problem on the pitch the next day is not a problem at all.

"And I think he will be really pleased with me that I am going to change my team against Arsenal!".

Mourinho's most pressing concern is what kind of team he will be able to field, following United's exertions against Celta Vigo on Thursday, when it procured a 1-0 aggregate lead in its Europa League semifinal.

It left Wenger's side six points below fourth-place City and five below fifth-place United, albeit with a game in hand on both teams.

"But it is impossible, I can not do it in another way". If Celta was playing with their best team, if Celta was fighting for important things in La LIga, we would go in the same circumstances, but I can not now play with the same team that played in Vigo and then repeat again next Thursday. "They'll play on the counter-attack, why wouldn't they?"

Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata are all set to return at the Emirates.

"Sergio has played one match in the Premier League, David has played two in the Europa League, Sergio has also played in the League Cup while David played the other matches and the final".

One definite change will see David de Gea come into the side to replace Sergio Romero in goal. We have two fantastic goalkeepers, we have a third goalkeeper that I think will be the best Portuguese goalkeeper of the next generation (Joel Pereira).

The sixth place Gunners need it more, but I have a feeling we'll see a hyper-pragmatic, perhaps even ugly approach to this one (a la the Manchester derby) and an aesthetically displeasing final result. I don't like that complete separation. "We have great goalkeepers and (against) anyone in the world I trust (them) completely".

  • Julie Sanders