Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists he "wouldn't have allowed" the club to go six years without a trophy, as he prepares to take on silverware shy Arsenal.

540 - Trophy drought would never happen at Utd - Fergie

The Gunners have failed to win a trophy under Arsene Wenger since their 2005 FA Cup final victory over United and, although Ferguson has been vocal in his support of his French rival in recent years, the Red Devils' boss appears to have stepped up the mind games again ahead of Sunday's clash sat Old Trafford.

On the prospect of going six years without winning anything, Ferguson said: "I wouldn't have allowed that to happen. You know, I don't contemplate these things.

"Arsene has got his way and I've got my way and, you do the best with what you believe in. And that's what Arsene is trying to do. It is a different way of management.''

Wenger has come under plenty of criticism of late for a difficult start to the season on the pitch and the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri off it, though the pressure was alleviated a little by a midweek Champions League victory over Udinese.

Arsenal visit the reigning Premier League champions on Sunday having taken one point from their opening two games and defeat at Old Trafford could potentially leave the North Londoners in the relegation zone by the end of the day.