Manchester United take on Arsenal at Old Trafford on midweek high voltage encounter as Jose Mourinho’s side go in search of a first home win since October.
Manchester United and Arsenal have had a very different outcome in the Premier League at the weekend. Jose Mourinho’s United came from a 2-0 deficit to drew 2-2 with Southampton but looking at the table, just one point looks bad enough on its own.
Meanwhile, Arsenal continued to demonstrate their strength under Unai Emery, coming from 2-1 down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 at the Emirates in the North London derby to be fourth in the table. Emery’s side have now gone 19 games without a defeat in all competitions and are already eight points ahead of Manchester United in the table. Unquestionably, United will look the game as significant as winning all three points mean they can overcome the shortfall they have already caused.
Manchester United are facing serious injuries and reportedly could be without eight players. In their last game against Southampton, Mourinho was forced to deploy Matic in the central defence because of injuries to Smalling and Bailly while Lindelof was already declared out injured for nearly a month. But according to reports, in last game, Phil Jones also suffered a slight knock and is now a minor doubt. Should all of them are unavailable, Mourinho might again take a risk and field a back three consist of Mctominay, Matic and Rojo. The Portuguese will also be without Ashley Young who has to sit out because of getting five yellow cards and in his place youngster Diego Dalot could feature.
On the other hand, Arsenal will be without Mesut Ozil who also missed last week’s London derby. Laccazatte could feature in place of Iwobi after his superb display and Ramsey could come into the team ahead of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Only notable exclusion for the Gunners will be Granit Xhaka who will serve a one-match ban, and that should lead to Matteo Guendouzi taking the Switzerland international’s place in midfield.
Manchester United vs Arsenal predicted line-up:
Manchester United possible starting lineup: (3-4-2-1)
De Gea; Dalot, Mctominay, Jones, Matic, Shaw; Fellaini, Pogba, Herrera; Lingard, Martial; Lukaku
Arsenal possible starting lineup: (3-4-3)
Leno; Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding; Bellerin, Torreira, Guendouzi, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Aubameyang, Lacazette
Manchester United: DWWLDD
Recent form (all competitions): WWLDWD
Recent form (all competitions): DDDWWW
Manchester United vs Arsenal Head To Head
The midweek encounter will represent the 228th competitive clash between the two clubs, with United having won 98 times in comparison to 82 wins for Arsenal. However, neither team has managed to win three successive matches in this fixture since United did between August 2011 and November 2012. Mourinho, however, can do it after winning it against them last season 3-1 and 2-1 respectively.
- Manchester United are unbeaten in all their league home games against Arsenal since September 2006. (8W,3D)
- This will be the first time Mourinho and Emery will face each other outside La Liga in their managerial career. The Manchester United boss has never suffered a defeat against Emery so far (W4, D1).
- First time since 2002, these two sides will play each other in a midweek fixture.
- Arsenal have lost their last three-midweek Premier League games.
- Manchester United have conceded 23 goals in 14 games so far this season. They hadn’t conceded as many in 30 games last season.
Arsenal are favourites to win the game while with odds of 2/1 (3.00) while United are 7/5 (2.40) to win. 13/5 (3.60) for a draw.
TV guide & live streaming :
Manchester United welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford on 6th December, Kick-off is scheduled for 1.30 AM IST time and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1 in the UK while Indian viewers can tune into Star Sports select SD & HD 1. Send us a message and like our page for streaming links.
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