Manchester United are embarking on what is shaping up to be the most exciting time at the club since Sir Alex Ferguson retired nearly 10 years ago.
Erik ten Hag’s revolution since he replaced Ralf Rangnick last summer is going swimmingly and the Dutchman will be the first one to admit that the Reds are ahead of schedule.
A stunning spell of form, which has included just one defeat in the last four months, have propelled United into the title conversation going into this weekend’s mouthwatering clash with Arsenal.
Victory over the league leaders would put United within touching distance and Mikel Arteta’s men face champions Manchester City early next month.
Ten Hag will continue to be asked about this weekend’s game as we get closer to kick-off but the former Ajax boss has already suggested the loss of Casemiro, who is suspended, is not as significant as some people are making it out to be.
In reality, it may be more of a casino-style toss-up, one you would find at Garuda Slot, as supporters anxiously wait to find out how Casemiro’s absence will affect the team.
“We beat last time Arsenal without Casemiro. We have an idea of how to do it (again), yeah,” Ten Hag told reporters after the 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.
“It is obvious they (Arsenal) are in a really good run and I think they deserve the position where they are now.
“It’s a really good structure, how they play. There’s a really good mentality, winning attitude in that team. That’s why they are top of the list.
“So, they are in a great run but it is up to us to beat that run and we will do everything to do that. In the moment we played them, you could already see that the manager with his coaching staff was for a long time already working on that team.
“You see really good structures in the team and I think they even improved during the first half of the season. here is a really good spirit as well in that team, so we know what to do. We have to be really good. We need a really good performance.
“But if we do, I think we have a good chance also to get out of that performance a good result.”
As things stand, the bookmakers are predicting Arsenal to end their 19-year wait for the Premier League crown but champions Manchester City are not far behind.