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Poll: Who Will Win? Man United or Arsenal?

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In the mid-week edition of the EPL Talk Podcast, the trio of Farley, McKenna and Krishnaiyer had a fascinating discussion about how much this Saturday’s FA Cup match means to Manchester United. While I don’t expect Sir Alex Ferguson to field a B team, some of his key players may be rested tomorrow for the more important Champions League match against Marseilles on Tuesday. At the same time, Manchester United does not want to go on a losing streak of three matches in a row, and will want to send a psychological message to Wenger and co. that United are in control and can compete in the FA Cup as well as Champions League and the Premier League.

Arsenal, on the other hand, will want to send a message to Manchester United that they mean business. If Arsenal can hold on for a win, it’ll damage Manchester United’s team spirit. If they can hold on for a draw, then it’ll mean an important replay at the Emirates at a stage of the season where the FA Cup will be the last thing on their priority list. A defeat for Arsenal would be demoralizing after such a tough loss to Barcelona mid-week.

What do you think? How do you see this game shaking out? And who will win it, and why? Share your feedback below.

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  1. kimton

    March 12, 2011 at 8:46 am

    man utd will win because they need it . its unfortunate that arsenal might walk alone again this season.

  2. Jason

    March 11, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    This game has a draw written all over it. Both sides are wounded and will be extra cautious. Neither side is going into it with confidence. United will not want a replay so late on I expect them to take chances to try and win it. Still going for a draw.

  3. Maybee

    March 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I hope that Arsenal win, just because it will be hilarious to watch Man United lose their third major game in a row going in to their Champions League game next week (which if they also lost, I’d be delirious).

    But if Arsenal lose watching their meltdown could also be fun.

    But I agree that this game has implication for the league as well. Both teams desperately need a win psychologically.

  4. Andrei

    March 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    The league title may well be decided on Saturday as the outcome is likely to define how each team fares in the rest of this season. United are on the slump and should they lose it will be third defeat in a row and the slump could turn into a crisis ala Chelsea. A win would invigorate Gunners and give them confidence for a strong finish. Should Arsenal lose they will have mini-crisis of their own having been knocked out of 3 competitions in a matter of two weeks. That will also put United back into winning ways and they will likely to continue their squeaky bum run towards the finish line ahead of the crowd.

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      March 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      a draw is likely as well, and then both sides would suffer…

  5. jason

    March 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Whoever wins does not matter to me. Because I will cheer for them to lose in the Semi Finals.

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