Mikel Arteta says Manchester United’s defeat to Sheffield United ‘is not a surprise’

Mikel Arteta says Manchester United will pose a 'real threat' to Arsenal
Mikel Arteta says Manchester United will pose a ‘real threat’ to Arsenal (Getty)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes Manchester United’s defeat to Sheffield United ‘is not a surprise’.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost ground in the Premier League title race after they were beaten 2-1 at Old Trafford by Chris Wilder’s men on Wednesday evening.

The defeat has left United a point behind league leaders City, who also have a game in hand over their rivals.

But Arteta says United’s latest result is a good example of how competitive the Premier League has been this season.

‘It is not a surprise because to beat any team in this league is extremely difficult and people take it for granted,’ said Arteta.

‘Sheffield United are a really well organised team, they are a threat and they are good at what they do.

Manchester United slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Sheffield United on Wednesday
Manchester United slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Sheffield United on Wednesday (AFP via Getty)

‘You see that they lost many games by one goal when they didn’t deserve to lose.

‘Every game is a battle in this league and anybody can beat anybody, and with the context and circumstances we have this season, it makes it even more difficult.’

United now face a trip to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday and Arteta admits Solskjaer’s side pose a ‘real threat’.

‘We’re keeping the momentum going, the run going, being very humble and understanding that there are a lot of things we have to improve,’ said Arteta.

‘There is so much we have to do to catch up with many other teams still, and go game by game. Let’s see where we get.

‘We know it’s going to be really difficult [against Manchester United]. They’ve been in top form. They’ve been top of the table, playing really well. We know they are a real threat so we have to be at our best to beat them on Saturday.

‘They have the capacity and the quality to beat any side in the world.

‘We know we’re going to have to be at our best because the demands of these games are huge. We need to be better than what we were on Tuesday again to beat them and that’s the way we’re going to prepare.’

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