Former Man Utd defender Patrice Evra has made his predictions ahead of the Manchester and North London derby matches this weekend.
The Red Devils could close the gap on second-placed Man City to just one point if they beat Pep Guardiola’s men, while Premier League leaders Arsenal will be looking to increase their gap over City against Tottenham in the North London derby.
Erik ten Hag has got Man Utd looking like a much better team than last season with the signings of Christian Eriksen, Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez making the spine of their team look much stronger.
And Evra thinks Man Utd now have the players to “hurt” Man City when the two sides clash at lunchtime tomorrow.
Evra told The Metro: “We can hurt City, I will never disrespect City, but I think this one is a 50/50 game. Sometimes though, when City start well and develop their football in the game you can tell it’s going to be a long day.
“City are a really, really strong side and it’s a big test for us. It’s a tough one to predict, Mahrez is on fire for City at the moment. It’s a derby so I’m not expecting a big score.
“I can see it being 2-1 to United, but equally it wouldn’t be surprising to see City win, it could go either way. It can’t be like the last match, they have to learn from that. Prediction 2-1.”
Arsenal are currently five points clear at the top of the Premier League table and the Gunners will be looking to avenge their 3-0 defeat to Tottenham in the same match last season.
Evra added: “I remember when Arsenal were going for the top four, they got beat by Newcastle and after that they had a chance to still get there when they played Tottenham.
“It was an amazing game and they started so well, but they conceded that penalty, which wasn’t a penalty, and after that I saw the Arsenal players giving up. I don’t think this is the same side at all now, this is a side that believes they are going to win the title.
“If I was Arteta, I’d be telling my side to believe that they are champions. You have to believe that you are going to win the league. Against Tottenham, their enemies, they have to think like that.
“They should beat Tottenham, I don’t see why they can’t win. It’s a derby, anything can happen, the wrong decision and injustice, but I just don’t see why they can’t win. They have to be careful of Tottenham because Conte and the players are really hurt.
“It’s going to be a big game but when you look at what’s going on with both sides at the moment you have to give credit to Arsenal. They have to win every game if they want to win the title, and they can.
“I believe Arsenal can win the title, when I see their fans they are all scared and don’t want me to say it, but the way they are playing, there’s isn’t another team that’s playing better football and being dominant right now. They aren’t afraid and they aren’t kids anymore. Prediction 1-3.”
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