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Former Arsenal Thierry Henry feels Manchester United might well have lost their fear factor this season following the departure of long-term manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The reigning Premier League champions have made a relatively slow start to life under Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes, as they sit down in ninth place in the table, with 13 points between themselves and the top-of-the-table Gunners.
United’s only real form has been found in the Champions League as they managed to finish top of their group and should be confident going into the knockout stage of the tournament.
However, Henry has seen a different Manchester United this season to the one he faced whilst in the English game and believes teams no longer have the same feeling of dread going up against the Red Devils.
He told Sky Sports: “When we went to Manchester United, I can say it now, we knew they were going to come out strong.
“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 all right.”
United will be hoping they can regain that fear factor and pick up three important points when they return to domestic duties on Sunday with a tricky away trip to Aston Villa.