Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Arsenal v Man United

The Liverpool FC legend believes Arsenal will ease to a narrow win against Man United in the FA Cup on Friday night to end Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's unbeaten start

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Screengrab)

Mark Lawrenson is backing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s winning run to come to an end at Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday night.

The Red Devils have made a perfect start to life under their interim manager following seven successive victories in all competitions.

Manchester United have recorded six Premier League wins to move to within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea FC.

Solskjaer passed his first big test as Manchester United boss when the Red Devils were 1-0 winners against Tottenham at Wembley earlier this month.

The 46-year-old has made no secret of his desire to earn the role on a permanent basis at the end of the Premier League season.

And the FA Cup represents an excellent opportunity for Solskjaer to deliver some silverware for the Manchester United board.

Arsenal boosted morale with an emphatic 2-0 victory over Chelsea FC at The Emirates last weekend thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny.

Only Manchester City have left The Emirates with three points this season, while Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur have all dropped points.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Arsenal to ease to a 2-1 win against Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday night.

“We know Arsenal are not great defensively, and Hector Bellerin’s injury is a big blow to them, but their home record is very, very good,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“United have been very impressive individually and collectively under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but his winning run has got to end sometime.”

Lawrenson added: “I wish people would stop talking about whether Solskjaer should get the job permanently – just let him keep going, and see what happens.

“Winning the FA Cup is a realistic aim for both teams, but the consolation for whoever loses this tie is that both teams are right back in the race for fourth place.”

Arsenal have the won the FA Cup more times than any other club after Arsene Wenger led the north London side to their 13th title in 2017.

MORE: Latest Arsenal news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
BBC Sport reporter: Man United close to signing Tom Heaton
Mikel Arteta
Sky Sports reporter delivers update on Arsenal summer transfer plans
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth
Sky Sports reporter: Arsenal listening to offers for Eddie Nketiah
Rio Ferdinand
'All day long': Rio Ferdinand wants to see Man United sign Jack Grealish
Brighton and England defender Ben White (Photo: Sky Sports / Screen grab)
BBC Sport reporter delivers update on Arsenal's bid to sign Ben White
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
BBC Sport reporter: Man United close to signing Tom Heaton
Mikel Arteta
Sky Sports reporter delivers update on Arsenal summer transfer plans
Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth
Sky Sports reporter: Arsenal listening to offers for Eddie Nketiah
Rio Ferdinand
'All day long': Rio Ferdinand wants to see Man United sign Jack Grealish
Brighton and England defender Ben White (Photo: Sky Sports / Screen grab)
BBC Sport reporter delivers update on Arsenal's bid to sign Ben White
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature