Manchester United might not have made so many headlines like Mikel Arteta led Arsenal, but have achieved beyond expectation this season.
United on the other hand, hired Dutchman Erik Ten Hag to manage the team and he has shown a bit of experience in this period.
Though it might be viewed as a successful season for Manchester United, Bruno Fernandez has refused to tag it a successful one.
The United Midfielder claims that the season is far from successful despite United winning a trophy and securing a return to the Champions League.
“It’s a positive season, not successful because success is different for this club, and for us players it has to be too,” the Portuguese said.
“We did win a trophy. We got into the top four. Now we have another final but whatever happened in that final will not change anything about the season we have done,” Fernandez concluded.
United under manager Erik Ten Hag has won the Carabao Cup in his first season at Old Trafford and might add the FA Cup if he beat Manchester City at Wembley in June.
It has been a decade since United last won the Premier League title and has also failed to go past the Champions League quarter-finals.
While the Red Devils have not returned to their old glory during the times of Sir Alex Ferguson, in comparison to Arsenal this season, they are most successful.
Manchester United are currently 17 points behind Champions City albeit a game in hand and the Dutch coach said his team have a lot of catching up to do.
No one would have thought that United would qualify for the Champions Lague spot ahead of next season after losing their first two games under Ten Hag to Brighton and Brentford.
Their woes worsened when they were humiliated by struggling Liverpool who thrashed them 7-0 at Anfield.
Manchester United V Arsenal This Season
|Premier League Finish||🥉 3rd in the Premier League||🥈 2nd in the Premier League|
|Trophies Won||🏆 Carabao Cup winners||❌ Zero trophies|
|Cup Finals||⏳ FA Cup finalists||❌ Zero Finals|
Arsenal on the other hand were making the headlines week in and week out as Mikel Arteta’s men kept surprising everyone.
Though the Gunners finished above United in the second place in their Premier League table, they bottled the league to Manchester City.
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta also blamed himself for the Gunners’ poor form towards the end of the current season.
They blew expectations out of the water for the vast majority of the campaign but lost their grip on the Premier League title.
The Gunners were leading with 11 points in the Premier League table in February with Manchester United nowhere to be found.
The two teams started the Premier League this season on a different note and this season they are ending it as same.
In the 2021/22 season, Arsenal finished in 5th place ahead of United in 6th place with a three goals difference.
But this season they are both finishing in 2nd and 3rd position respectfully with Arsenal leading with 11 points at the time of writing.
Looking at stats from the two teams and how they have fared this season, Arsenal comes on top with a better performance index, as Arsenal have scored 83 goals while United have managed 56 goals so far.
Statistically, Arsenal have been better than Manchester United, the Red Devils only edge Arsenal in terms of defensive lines.
But in this piece, we are looking at their successes this season which is in regards to trophies won and finals played/to be played.
Manchester United have won the Carabao Cup and finished third in the Premier League this season – meaning they will play the Champions League next season.
Arsenal on the other hand, only qualified for the Champions League next season – which is a success for them – as they have not been to the competition since 2017.
Less impressively, Arsenal did not win any trophy this season despite playing in all major tournament bar the Champions League.
This brings us to the conclusion today that Manchester United have had a more successful season than Arsenal despite the Gunners finishing ahead of the Red Devils on the league table.
What do you think, do you think our conclusion is correct or you think Arsenal had a more successful season? Tell us in the comment section.