Saturday, October 1, 2022

‘A recipe for trouble.’ Wayne Rooney sends Arsenal warning to Man United ahead of Old Trafford clash

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‘A recipe for trouble.’ Wayne Rooney sends Arsenal warning to Man United ahead of Old Trafford clash

Wayne Rooney has challenged Manchester United to perform with the same intensity and vigor on Sunday against Arsenal as they did in their statement victory against Liverpool in August.

The record striker for Manchester United stated that a passive approach against Mikel Arteta’s team would be a “recipe for disaster” due to their rapid ball movement.

Rooney urged for more communication and tenacity in Sunday’s title bout, in which Arsenal seeks to extend its unbeaten start to the season and Manchester United seeks to consolidate its recent gains.

In his column for The Times, the former United and Everton star wrote: “United have a lot of quality, and if you get the basics right you give yourselves the platform for the quality to come through. That’s what we saw in victories over Liverpool, Southampton and Leicester City.

‘Against this Arsenal side they’ll need the intensity they showed in those wins, especially the one against Liverpool. 

“Their best bet may be to play like my United did in those classic games — pressing aggressively, while hitting Arsenal on the break. 

“If you sit in a mid block or low block and are passive against a side who move the ball as quickly and well as Mikel Arteta’s team do, it’s a recipe for trouble.”

United were on the verge of disaster at the beginning of the season, having lost their first two games under Erik ten Hag to Brighton and Brentford.

However, a statement victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford, followed by straight victories against Southampton and Leicester, has led to a mini-revival for the Red Devils ahead of this weekend’s highly anticipated matchup.

Arsenal’s improved form and style this season has garnered a great deal of praise, as they have successfully navigated the early stages of the season with five victories out of five, and Rooney was ready to acknowledge the work of the Spaniard.

He added: 

“I really admire what Arteta is doing. He now has not just quality but energy in his side and recruited brilliantly when he signed Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko.”

However, Arsenal will face their first genuine test on Sunday against a top-six team like United, in a game that has become one of the fiercest rivalries between the two clubs, and Wayne Rooney has scored more goals for United against Arsenal than any other player.

And the DC United manager expects a similarly tight and tense matchup between the two teams this weekend, adding: “United will need to do a lot of communicating to make sure those players are picked up and work extra hard to close off the gaps. 

“I expect a tense, hard game, a bit like the old days — though maybe not quite as much action in the tunnel.”

‘A recipe for trouble.’ Wayne Rooney sends Arsenal warning to Man United ahead of Old Trafford clash

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