Samir Nasri has told Manchester United: “You are not scary anymore.” In a continuation of the verbal fisticuffs which has ensued in the run-in to the clash between the Gunners and the Red Devils at Old Trafford tomorrow night, the Frenchman believes United have lost their aura of invincibility following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.
According to The Daily Star, Nasri said: “In my first season here United were champions and I think they lost just three games during the whole season. So it’s a little surprising we are top because Manchester United haven’t lost one league game so far. We will see against Manchester United but, for me, United are not the same team as they were before when they had Cristiano Ronaldo and Tevez.
“It was a little bit scary to play at Old Trafford. Now I don’t think offensively they are the same as before. They are still a good team and when they’re 1-0 up is very hard to beat them. We’ll see but we’re really confident to get a result out of this game. And throwing down the gauntlet, Nasri added: “Have the little boys grown up? We will see on Monday, we will show Evra we have grown up.”
Sagna: Evra wind-up merchant.
Bacary Sagna has followed Samir Nasri in the pre-match mindgames with United by declaring Red Devils defender Patrice Evra a wind-up merchant.
Evra had previously claimed that the Gunners were an academy side and that they didn’t have a chance at Old Trafford on Monday evening, but Sagna blasted his international team-mate, stating that he does not care about the comments.
According to Mirror Football, Sagna said: “I would never allow myself to criticise another team. It shows a lack of respect. Patrice loves to wind people up and raise the temperature. That is his way of doing things, but it does not affect me in any way.”
Following yesterday’s reports that Cesc Fabregas faces a late fitness challenge in order to be ready for the trip to Old Trafford tomorrow evening, Imscouting.com reports that manager Arsene Wenger will leave the decision down to the player himself.
The World Cup winner suffered a hamstring injury during the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat at Braga a fortnight ago, and has not featured since. He originally targeted tomorrow’s match as a potential return date, but is facing a race against the clock to be fit enough.
With Fabregas having returned to training with the first team, however, it appears likely that the 23-year-old will start the game on the subs’ bench with young star Jack Wilshere filling in the playmaker role in the Arsenal captain’s absence.