Former Arsenal player Nigel Winterburn has claimed this weekend’s game between Manchester United and Arsenal has lost the thrills and frills of previous years.
Manchester United vs Arsenal was one of the biggest games during the mid 90s and 2000s’ when Fergie and Wenger battled for silverware.
It also brought the memorable clashes between Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira, but now all of this fixture’s glamour is gone, claims Winterburn.
Speaking to FreeSuperTips, he said:
“Manchester United and Arsenal has lost its cutting edge as the game is not as physical as it once was, and both teams are no longer feared in the Premier League like they were when I was playing.
“When I was coming through, Manchester United were the team that everyone in the Premier League was desperate to beat. At Arsenal, you always felt that if you beat Manchester United in the league, then you would finish ahead of them and have a great chance of winning the title. Those games you had added intensity because of the history and incidents that would happen that made those games so special, and as a player you wanted to be a part of those games.
“They are still two huge clubs, but they’re not teams that are fighting for the title and have both fell down the pecking order when it comes to signing the best players. Arsenal were always going head-to-head with Manchester United for league titles, and that is where the intensity stemmed from and where they have both fell off in recent years, the game has lost its edge. It must be said that the rivalry is not what it was, but it is still a huge game which the players should be able to motivate themselves for.”