Manchester United supporters are understandably terrified ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with Arsenal following reports claiming Jose Mourinho could be without up to eight defenders for the game.
Mourinho desperately needs three points against a team which, should they record a rare victory at Old Trafford, would go eight points clear of Man United in fourth.
Supporters are, understandably, extremely pessimistic about their side’s chances on Wednesday, with some even predicting a reversal of the 8-2 scoreline Sir Alex Ferguson’s side inflicted on the Gunners in 2011.
Man Utd have been without any defenders for 4 years now….
— David Little (@davidplittle) December 3, 2018
😂😂😂😂😂 we are fucked https://t.co/HBh4WCibAX
— Rekt (@Oginji_) December 3, 2018
— JK (@Killeen87) December 3, 2018
Announce 3-0 L https://t.co/xTOeebWsZg
— RōB (@OspinarcoV3) December 3, 2018
— Optimus (@aanuajayi) December 3, 2018
Would not be surprised to see a reverse of the 8-2 https://t.co/oPWsJVFtJ7
— Tom Earnshaw (@TREarnshaw) December 3, 2018
Many Arsenal fans, however, have not reacted to the news with unfettered joy. Several have emphasised that their team travelled to Old Trafford under similar circumstances in 2015, with their players bang in form and Louis van Gaal forced to pick a skeleton of a team, only to lose the game, 3-2. Their team has a record of not winning when they are expected to.
We'll still somehow lose because it's at old trafford https://t.co/CDLaqc0uAs
— Alēx (@AIex_AFC) December 3, 2018
Can't wait to lose to a last minute Fellaini header then😴 https://t.co/oNMe5FvMy8
— Anas🍩 (@TheAnasGhanchi) December 3, 2018
We are 100% losing now https://t.co/y2I5CK3zrt
— 〽 (@Maingi__) December 3, 2018
Loool but somehow they will turn to Barcelona of 14/15 season when they face us on Wednesday https://t.co/IaAbzLoeSM
— Splervy XO (@Splerv) December 3, 2018
This is too much like 2015-16 https://t.co/5c2atBXEyg
— AA (@A1ZH4RY) December 3, 2018
With all that said, Arsenal are overwhelming favourites on Wednesday. Several supporters responded to this news by stressing United will need a ‘Mourinho Masterclass’ to win. They are absolutely right.