Arsenal and Manchester United match this weekend presents a condition that can be considered as an anomaly. The Gunners are in position six and the Red Devils finished seventh, both are still struggling to get in the top four.
In at least the last two decades, a meeting of Arsenal and Manchester United are always closely linked to the Premier League title race. Both are great teams in the UK, with many star players who have very strong rivalry makes several meetings generate extra fierce fight and even controversial.
The match at Old Trafford in 2004 is one of them, where MU successfully finish a series of 49 games unbeaten Gunners. Actions also created fierce heat between Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane, besides there are also Dwight Yorke’s hat-trick in the first 45 minutes that eventually gave Manchester United a 6-1 win in 2001, or a goal in the final minutes Sylvain Wiltord on 2002 Arsenal can ensure two titles, as well as the confrontation Matin Keown on Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2003.
But that was then – or at least a few seasons ago. This year both Manchester United and Arsenal are struggling with their problems. The Gunners are on the sixth place with 17 points while Manchester United directly below the point 16. Both still had to fight hard to at least be in the top four.
According to Dailymail, this is the first time in the last 25 years Arsenal and Manchester United meet in the second position is outside the top four. In 1989 defending champion status Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-0 at Highbury. When the host is in eighth position on the ladder while his 10th.
Between the 1995/1996 season until the 2003/2004 Manchester United and Arsenal even dominate the Premier League with a clean sweep of titles. But the emergence of Chelsea, who followed Manchester City, makes the situation is no longer the same.
But Manchester United and Arsenal is predicted to compete in this season, at least they are believed to be competing for third place – behind Chelsea and City.