Manchester United are in upbeat mood ahead of their Sunday showdown with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
While the Reds have been frustratingly wasteful at home, they have been a different story on the road.
Jose Mourinho’s men have 10 away Premier League wins and have conceded just 13 goals in 16 games – fewer away goals than any other side.
And Michael Carrick and Daley Blind believe that form will give them the upper hand against Arsenal – despite seeing City pull away from them in fourth place with their 5-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Fifth-placed United are on a club-record run of 25 games unbeaten in the top flight and Carrick told MUTV : “We’ve had some big battles with Arsenal over the years and some huge games.
“Our away form has been very good and something that’s helped us during the season.
“We’ve gone on an incredible run of games and our home form is the thing that has let us down surprisingly. But we go into Sunday with a lot of confidence and hopefully, we can put in another good performance.”
Blind said: “If you look at our results we have been doing well away from home. We have to make sure we finish the season as strongly as possible. At this stage it’s very important to get the points especially when you look at the table. Every game is a final.
“We have to make sure we get a good result and give everything we have to make that happen.”
Meanwhile, United manager Jose Mourinho is so desperate to downplay the Arsenal match he has taken four rookies to London and suggested there is no need for Arsene Wenger to ‘make peace’ with him after years of bickering.
Mourinho claimed they were so diplomatic during the reverse fixture they shook hands again as one waited for the other’s press conference to conclude.
It is worth noting that Mourinho ended his briefing by repeating: “Finally, I lost to Arsene Wenger.” United were denied victory by an 89th-minute Olivier Giroud header in a 1-1 draw and Mourinho is unlikely to surrender his unbeaten record against Wenger.
Jose Mourinho has indicated there will be at least six changes, with Marcus Rashford, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard in line for rests at Arsenal. Marouane Fellaini is suspended and David de Gea is a confirmed starter.
Anthony Martial’s bench role in Spain suggests he will replace Rashford and Bailly’s breather could give Chris Smalling or Phil Jones an opportunity to breathe life back into their United careers.
With the exception of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, no other United outfielder played fewer minutes in April than Wayne Rooney and the likelihood is he will have to make do with a wing role at best.
Over a third of United’s travelling squad is made up of academy graduates and United have recorded some stirring wins with surreal line-ups against Arsenal.
Arsenal have lost to a United midfield of the Da Silvas, Darron Gibson and John O’Shea in 2011, a defence of Chris Smalling, Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair in 2014 as well as a backline of Guillermo Varela, Michael Carrick, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo in Marcus Rashford’s Premier League debut.
They might top those efforts if they take three points with some of their rookies on the pitch on Sunday.