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Bobby Charlton predicts Manchester United will beat Arsenal

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Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton believes the Red Devils will advance to the FA Cup semi-finals by beating Arsenal next month.

Speaking to FullTimeDEVILS prior to United’s 3-1 win over Preston North End - a club the 77-year-old previously played for and managed - Charlton was confident Louis van Gaal’s side will see off the Gunners at Old Trafford.

This is despite the fact Manchester United’s performances under Van Gaal have, on the whole, been disappointing this season.

Charlton confident United will win

“Do you think we’re going to do them the way we’re playing,” Charlton was asked by the FullTimeDEVILS’ presenter.

Without hesitating the World Cup winner responded by saying: “Yes”.

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Rooney catching Charlton's record

Charlton remains Manchester United’s all-time top scorer, with 249 goals in 758 appearances, despite the fact he left Old Trafford in 1973.

Rooney moved another step closer to catching up with the United legend, though, by converting a late penalty against Preston on Monday night.

The current England captain now needs just 25 more goals to surpass both Denis Law and Charlton to become Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer - a feat which could be achieved by the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

Before that Rooney can surpass Gary Lineker and Charlton to become the all-time leading goalscorer of the England national team.

The 29-year-old currently sits two goals behind Lineker and three behind the iconic Charlton in third position.

Rooney's FA Cup dream

Rooney revealed last month that he hopes to fulfil a childhood dream by winning the FA Cup for the first time in his career this season.

The versatile United forward, who has spent the past couple of months in midfield, told his official Facebook page: "When I was little I dreamt of winning the FA Cup, but still haven't achieved it… hopefully this is our year!"

Now, following Monday’s win over Preston, Rooney has moved another step closer to realising his dream.

The United and England captain boasts a fabulous goalscoring record against the Gunners and will be determined to add to his tally during next month’s quarter-final tie, which will be held on either March 7 or 8.

United narrow favourites against Arsenal

United, because of their home advantage and impressive recent record against Arsenal, should go into the match as favourites - but Arsene Wenger’s side are the current FA Cup holders and will have full confidence of going to Old Trafford and getting a positive result.

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Arsenal
Wayne Rooney
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Bobby Charlton

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