GARY NEVILLE believes Arsenal are “massive favourites” to beat Manchester United following Casemiro’s suspension.
That was a setback for the Red Devils, but possibly not as bad as the yellow card Casemiro received, which rules him out of Sunday’s clash at The Emirates.
Neville believes losing such a “pivotal” player hands the advantage to the league leaders, but believes United’s counter-attack gives them a chance of winning – if the defence plays its part early on.
He told Sky Sports: “Casemiro getting booked ahead of Sunday is a massive blow because he’s been pivotal for him.
“Manchester United have got to pick it up now, it’s a massive game on Sunday against Arsenal.
“They beat them without Casemiro last time. They’re going to have to play extremely well, defend well especially in the first half hour when Arsenal are electric but they don’t have a great bench.
“If you get through that first period of the game what you’re going to face is what you’re going to face later on in the game.
“They had that problem against Newcastle who defended really well against them. But Arsenal are in great form, massive favourites for the game with Casemiro out.
“United have got to hang in there for the first part of the game and they are dangerous on the counter-attack.
“But without Casemiro I expect Arsenal to win on Sunday.”
A win for United would see them reduce the game to the Gunners to just five points, but Arsenal are out for revenge after losing 3-1 at Old Trafford earlier this season.