Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes Manchester United would be capable of launching a Premier League title charge if they had Mikel Arteta in charge.
Despite finishing third in the Premier League standings last season, the Red Devils have experienced a tough start to the 2020/21 campaign, currently finding themselves sat in 15th place in the table, having won just two of their opening six matches.
After impressive Champions League wins over Paris Saint-Germain [2-1] and German outfit RB Leipzig [5-0] recently, United were brought back down to earth on Sunday as they were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal at Old Trafford.
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A second half penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameuang got the job done for the Gunners, who ended a 14-year wait to record a victory at Old Trafford, heaping more pressure on the shoulders of United chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the process.
The Norwegian, who was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s successor at the Theatre of Dreams, is growing under enormous pressure, particularly from the supporters, with the club’s summer recruitment drive having been heavily criticised.
As for Arsenal, though, the supporters are happy with the direction their club has been heading in since Arteta took over the reigns at the Emirates Stadium almost a year ago, with him having led the club to two trophies in recent months.
With that in mind, as well as Arsenal currently finding themselves above both Manchester clubs in the Premier League table, former England striker Wright believes United would be able to roll back the years and compete for the title once again if Arteta was at the helm.
“Can I just say something, I’m just going to blast it in: If Arteta is managing Man United they are challenging,” Wright said on his Wrighty’s House podcast, as quoted by the Mirror.