For the past five years Manchester United fans have had to watch two rivals go head-to-head for the Premier League title. Man City have enjoyed a brief domination period in English football under Pep Guardiola, while Liverpool won their first league title in 30 years under Jurgen Klopp.
It all of that wasn’t painful enough for United fans, we haven’t had a happy period in the Premier League – or any worthwhile competition for that matter.
Once upon a time, it was Manchester United and Arsenal who vied it out for Premier League glory, with Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger at the helm of their respective clubs. Both clubs have had similar stories written about them whenever they’ve clashed over the past decade – that they have fallen from grace.
With Erik ten Hag and Mikel Arteta at the forefront of each club now, it looks like the clubs could have brighter futures as they both prepare to battle on Sunday afternoon.
David de Gea was asked about the prospect of Ten Hag and Arteta becoming the next big managerial battle in the Premier League.
“I hope so,” De Gea told ManUtd.com. “We are talking about one of the best managers in history, probably, (in) Sir Alex, and (Wenger), so there’s different eras.
“I think football has changed a little bit, but I think both managers are really good now. Arsenal are playing well, so it’s going to be a big game.”
The Spanish goalkeeper added that it is great to see both clubs performing well after a period of dry and uninspiring seasons. They’ve both struggled to qualify for the Champions League in recent years, which would have been among their objectives at the beginning of this campaign.
“Yeah, of course (it’s good to see United and Arsenal performing well),” he said. “Both teams have been massive clubs. They are great teams, always playing to win trophies.
“So it’s nice to play now and both teams are in a good shape, playing well. So yeah, it’s going to be a massive game, of course, and we want to win. We are going there to try to beat them.”
De Gea has not forgotten his remarkable performance at the Emirates in December 2017. He was asked about in again in the lead up to Sunday’s game.
“That was a great game,” he added, in reference to a match that saw him save an incredible tally of 14 shots. “Especially because we won that game. Hopefully I can make another (big performance), and the team together, and this could be a massive three points for us.
“It’s always tough. Especially there [at the Emirates], playing there. They always have quality players; they want to play from the back, and they have fast players in front.
“They are a great team and it is a nice game to play. So let’s go, let’s go there and try to win.”