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Henry: United have lost fear factor

December 11, 2013
By ESPN staff,

Former Arsenal captain Thierry Henry believes teams no longer play with fear at Old Trafford.

Thierry Henry and Robert Pires have been training with their former club Arsenal.
GettyImagesThierry Henry has been impressed with Arsenal this season.

Henry, whose former Premier League club sit stop the standings, 13 points clear of United, says times have changed since he left the Gunners in 2007.

"When we went to Manchester United, I can say it now, we knew they were going to come out strong," Henry told Sky Sports.

"But now when I see teams going to Old Trafford, they are not even scared. They play. Some teams didn't even pass the halfway line. But when I see teams now, they are comfortable - they pass the ball around.

"They need to recreate the fear they used to have. Then they will be alright."

Having watched Arsenal rise to the top of the competition this season after going eight years without a trophy, the New York Red Bulls star has assessed new signing Mesut Ozil as the difference in the club's fortunes.

"I would have loved to have played with him. He reminds me in a different way of Robert Pires.

"He seems like he always has time and we all know that's not the case. He plays like he's playing at home in his garden and nobody is watching,” he explained.

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