Michael Carrick delivers honest verdict on Arsenal man ahead of Thursday
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Michael Carrick delivers honest verdict on Arsenal man ahead of Thursday

Michael Carrick has given his verdict on Arsenal gaffer Mikel Arteta in his press conference ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal.

The two Premier League heavyweights go head to head with both sides in transition. Ralf Rangnick will be watching from the sidelines.

Caretaker boss Carrick remains in charge having beaten Villarreal and got a decent point away at Chelsea – Jadon Sancho scoring in the 1-1 draw.

Meanwhile, Arsenal come into the match in excellent form. The Gunners have won four of their last five games – losing just one of their last 10.

Arteta is beginning to install an identity at Arsenal, with the Gunners sitting in a decent fifth place – while United are all the way down in tenth place.

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Speaking ahead of Thursday’s hotly-contested clash, Carrick gave his verdict on Arteta – labelling him a “terrific” player and the job he has done so far.

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“He was a terrific player, very technical. Obviously the way he has coached them in that style shows what type of player he was.

“He’s done a very good job at Arsenal and you can see they’re going in a certain direction. So credit to him for that,” Carrick was quoted as saying.

Carrick on Arteta: Can Arsenal beat Manchester United at Old Trafford?

They certainly can. Their form has been excellent of late, but it must be said that the majority of matches – you would expect the Gunners to have won.

The wins over Tottenham and Leicester were good, but the loss to Liverpool shows there is still plenty of work to be done. It makes Thursday intriguing.

United are not the United that they could be in six months, with Rangnick yet to get to work. But they will have renewed confidence.

Plenty will be showing the manager what they can do. Both sides will feel they can win the match – our prediction? A high-scoring draw. 2-2.

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