Former Manchester United centre-back Gary Pallister has claimed David Moyes' side can't afford to lose this Sunday's 'titanic' clash with Arsenal.
Manchester United face the league-leaders in an unfamiliar position, trailing by eight points and Pallister says it is a must-win game and United can handle the pressure.
He told the Manchester United official website: "United know the pressure is on and it's a must-win game for them so I'm sure they will be ready and can't wait to get stuck in on Sunday.
"I think it is a vital game for us. If we were to lose, it makes it very difficult. Arsenal would be 11 points clear and I reckon it would be quite a while before we can make up 11 points on them.
"I think Arsenal will feel it's a bigger game for United and the pressure is heaped on us. But those players know how to respond to that as they have been through it many times and know what it takes to win this type of game."
The 48-year-old spoke about United's start and believes there are signs of improvement after a slow get away.
"There have been a few disappointments but some good performances as well. Hopefully, we're starting to hit our straps a little bit as the last few games have been good and you've seen a decisive United side.
The centre-back who formed a memorable partnership alongside Steve Bruce at the heart of United's defence has also praised Arsenal ahead of the game.
"It's going to be a big test come Sunday. This Arsenal team have started the season fantastically well and are playing great football with style and panache. They've still got their detractors out there who think they are not good enough to win the title but I don't think Arsenal are going to be too far away.
"I think they are a fantastic side so it will be one hell of a titanic battle on Sunday. It will tell Manchester United a lot more about where they are this season.
"Arsenal have got great attacking intent and they are rightly top of the league. They are playing the best football at the moment and you would pay to go and watch them. They're very silky and energetic, playing with abandon. "
Pallister also had his say on new manager David Moyes' start at the club and thinks he will get it right in time.
"Listen, everybody was wanting the team to get off to this kind of start. They have been looking for a bit of fallibility in United for a long time. The manager left after 26 years, there's a new man at the helm and everything is being scrutinised and dissected.
"The amount of points dropped has been disappointing. Losing to West Brom wasn't on the cards, though, and drawing with Southampton wasn't in the script either, even if I think they are a very good team.
"It took a bit of steam out of the team but I've said many times that I think we've got the right man for the job. Once he gets his feet right under the table and understands more about his team - and they understand more about Moyes' methods and his coaching staff - I think this team will only get better."
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