United are nothing special right now.
And, for once, Rooney isn’t playing this afternoon.
Football is very unpredictable, especially a game like this.
But I think Giroud will bottle it at Old Trafford.
Will be amazed if he scores.
Manchester United are very ambitious organisation whose drive to be successful has turned them into the biggest football club in the world.
They miss chief executive David Gill terribly. He was irreplaceable, as Ferguson was.
Arsenal have caution in their DNA because the club was run by Bob Wall and Ken Friar for half a century.
The Secretary ran Arsenal and was an administrator, not an executive.
I’d like to think that Alexis Sanchez will terrorise Smalling and stick a couple past big De Gea.
That would wrap up third place and third would be huge.
But is a team that’s just lost 1-0 at home to Swansea going to beat Manchester United in their next match?
National Stevie G day was held at Anfield yesterday and it was a heart-warming festival for the local hero.
Gerrard, 35 next month, gave the other players belief.
Fernando Torres, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, was asked who was the best player he ever played with.
And he said, “Steven Gerrard.”
Years ago Michael Owen said, “I’ve played with him since we were eight and he’s always been bigger, stronger and faster than anyone else.”
After the festival we saw a mundane match in which Crystal Palace deservedly won 3-1.
Puncheon & Bolasie took Liverpool apart.
Gerrard’s record is 503 Premier League games in 17 years.
And 119 goals : headers, free-kicks, a thunderbolt from 30 yards in the FA Cup Final, turning AC Milan upside down in Istanbul in the most astounding match of the 21st century so far.
He said, “I just wanted to win trophies for my people.”
What a tremendous gladiator!