Mark Lawrenson reckons Jose Mourinho would settle for a point against Arsenal.
Arsenal take on Manchester United on Saturday having won their last three Premier League games.
While the wins against Tottenham and Burnley were hard-fought, the win over Huddersfield on Wednesday night was a lot more straightforward.
With Arsenal going into the game in decent shape, former BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson thinks Jose Mourinho will park the bus, even if it means losing more ground on Manchester City.
“This is a huge game, between two sides in the top six who are in good form, so you know what I am going for here – a 1-1 draw,” Lawrenson said, as reported by the Daily Star.
“The Gunners, in particular, are flying but I am still waiting for the moment where they slip up.
“United are on a good run too of course, but it is the sort of fixture where you look at the way Arsenal are playing and think Jose Mourinho would take a point.
“That is what I think he will play for and I don’t think Mourinho will care if a draw means Manchester City extend their lead at the top of the table.
“He will look at this game in isolation, and see a point as a good result. 1-1.”
Mourinho’s approach to big away games is to sit incredibly deep and kill the game as a spectacle.
His recent record away to the big teams, though, suggests his approach isn’t working all that well anymore.
His side have struggled to score goals against high quality opposition, mostly due to his negative way of playing.
There’s a good chance that he will have his team play the same way again on Saturday.
Arsenal defeated United at the Emirates last season thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck.
It was Arsene Wenger’s first ever league win over Jose Mourinho.
A win for Arsenal would see them move within a point of United in second place.