Arsene Wenger pays Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd a rare compliment

Date published: Saturday 2nd December 2017 8:57

Arsene Wenger reckons the Manchester United team who will head to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal on Saturday are now a true Jose Mourinho outfit.

Wenger scored his first competitive win over Mourinho at the 16th time of asking when the Gunners won 2-0 in the corresponding fixture last season.

That victory in May was against a United side with more than one eye on their forthcoming Europa League final.

But this season the Red Devils travel to north London focused only on staying as close as possible to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Former Chelsea manager Mourinho has seen his side lose just twice in the league this campaign and long-term rival Wenger feels the current United team now reflect the character of their Portuguese leader.

Asked whether United have the mark of Mourinho about them, the Frenchman said: “Yes, certainly he has had time to put his print on the team, he is now in his second year.

“They look to be a strong team. They have power, they have a lot of power up front. Every player has power. Romelu Lukaku, now (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic is back you can’t say this guy lacks power; Marcus Rashford, (Anthony) Martial.

“They all have power, so our defensive performance will be important when we don’t have the ball against them. Overall I believe that they are a dangerous side, you look at their players and they can be dangerous everywhere.”

Arsenal will be without club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette for the United game after the striker injured his groin in Wednesday’s 5-0 victory over Huddersfield.

Alexis Sanchez was forced off in the same game with a hamstring issue but Wenger remains hopeful that the Chile forward will be available against Mourinho’s men.

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