MANCHESTER UNITED have the upper hand in midfield against Arsenal this weekend due to the return of Paul Pogba and the absence of Lucas Torreira.
That is the view of journalist Paolo Bandini, who says that not having the Uruguay international available for the game will be a “big loss” for the Gunners.
The Red Devils make the trip to the Emirates on Sunday one point better off than their rivals in the Premier League table.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been a revelation for United since replacing Jose Mourinho in mid-December, winning all nine away games in charge.
But Arsenal have been solid on their own patch recently, winning seven in a row in all competitions.
Key to the result on Sunday could be who controls the midfield and United hold the advantage, according to Bandini.
Pogba will return to the side after being suspended for his team’s win at Paris Saint-Germain in midweek while Torreira is serving a ban after his red card at Tottenham last Saturday.
“I think it’s a big loss for Arsenal not to have Lucas Torreira available for the game whereas Manchester United have the opposite with Paul Pogba coming back from suspension,” he told ESPN FC.
“So I think he will be missed in midfield but you think that what Arsenal really need to do is for their defender’s to stop making individual, calamitous errors that have cost them against Tottenham and then again at Rennes.
“I think it’s a big loss for Arsenal not to have Lucas Torreira available”
“I think it is a game that Arsenal can win but they really need to pick their heads up after that midweek defeat.”
Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley agrees and thinks that it is difficult to bet against Manchester United.
“United had that great performance there in the FA Cup with a 3-1 win and I am just not betting against them right now,” he said.
“We are also expecting them to have some of their injured players back for this one too and Pogba will return from suspension.
“And while Arsenal were decent at Tottenham last week and probably should have won, this United side is just on one heck of a role.
“Nine consecutive wins on the road is quite incredible.”
A win for either team would see them finish the weekend in fourth spot in the Premier League with just eight games remaining.
Should United win and Tottenham lose, they would go level on points with them in third place.