Man Utd news: Why Man City clash will NOT be repeat of Arsenal win – Jermaine Jenas

That’s the verdict of former Tottenham and England star Jermaine Jenas, who’s previewed the Manchester derby on BBC Radio 5 Live.

United play host to City this weekend off the back of victories over Arsenal and CSKA Moscow in their two most recent games.

The win over the Gunners is the one they’ll take the most heart from with Jose Mourinho’s men dispatching Arsene Wenger’s side 3-1.

Jenas feels the Portuguese boss will not look to set up his team as open as he did against Arsenal though.

“It’s difficult because your last statement was: ‘Can United do something to make it more positive for them?’,” Jenas told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Against Arsenal it was as positive as it’s gonna get really, in dealing with that type of scenario.

“But there’s no way that Jose’s looked at that game, or watched that game back, and felt like: ‘Yeah, let’s go and do that again. And we’ll get away with it’.

“De Gea was absolutely sensational in that game. 

“Were Arsenal clinical enough? That will be another question. Maybe they weren’t.

“Are City clinical? Yes, they’re deadly in front of goal so I don’t see you getting away with giving City that many opportunities, at all.”

Jenas also identified which area of United’s team causes him the most concern ahead of the City showdown.

“I worry about the back three in this game when I look at them, the size of them against that shorter, more mobile type player on the turn,” he added.

“If those gaps do start to appear between midfield and defence, if David Silva starts getting into those holes that he likes to get into and [Leroy] Sane holds his width… I can already kind of see the areas where they’re gonna cause a lot of problems.

“But that back three, as good as they have been, if you get anywhere near them, I think this attacking line-up of City will open them up.”

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