Belfast Telegraph

United on the money for Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Manchester United continue to stay one step ahead in the Barclays Premier League title race because they have men who can deliver when the season's decisive moments enter "money time".

United moved five points clear of rivals Manchester City with victory at Blackburn on Monday night secured by a late double salvo from Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young.

"Manchester United are surprisingly in a comfortable position, no one expected them to be because they did not look absolutely irresistible this year," Wenger said. "You could see that again on Monday night against Blackburn, but they managed to win the game. If Manchester United make it to the title, it is really down to experience."

Wenger continued: "At Blackburn when [Ryan] Giggs came on in the last 15 minutes you thought 'they can only win it now' because they know how to deal with the money time, that means the last 15 minutes in football when it is 0-0.

"They don't make a mistake, they have that security at the back. United have won so many titles because they are not nervous."

City boss Roberto Mancini feels should his side lose to the Gunners on Sunday, it would be almost impossible to overhaul such a deficit in the remaining six games.

Wenger, though, does not believe things can be put so simply.

"They still play Man United at home so it's far from over. The fight is open," said the Arsenal boss.

"Manchester United at the moment has a little advantage, but we will see. It is very difficult to predict what will happen."


From Belfast Telegraph