Manchester United vs Arsenal EPL – Predictions and Match Preview

Manchester United will host Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, which will be Arsene Wenger’s last game against his old foe. Wenger has seen it all at the Theatre of Dreams over the years; from winning the Premier League title at the ground in 2002 to a bizarre sending off in 2009 to an 8-2 humiliation in 2011.

It would be a fitting send off for the Frenchman if his Arsenal side can produce a victory on Sunday but that seems highly unlikely. Man United were 2-1 winners against Spurs last weekend in their FA Cup semi-final tie at Wembley. Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera scored to earn the Red Devils a Cup final date against Chelsea next month.

Missing players

Manchester United don’t have lots of missing players for this game. Sergio Romero is injured and he will not play on Sunday. Eric Bailly is doubtful for the match. All other players are available to play and will play aggressive from the first minute.

On the other side Arsenal also do not have lots of missing players for this game. Mohamed Elneny is injured and he can’t play on the match. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Santi Cazorla also will not play against Red Devils on Sunday afternoon. All other players are ready for the match.

Possible starting lineups

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Jones, Smalling, Valencia; Pogba, Matic, Herrera; Sanchez, Lukaku, Lingard

Arsenal: Cech; Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Willock; Nelson, Iwobi, Welbeck; Aubameyang

Head TO Head

Arsenal have won three, drawn two, and lost two of their last seven meetings with Manchester United, but The Red Devils have won seven and drawn three of their last ten home league games.

Match Preview

Manchester United have come under a lot of fire this season, but some of it has to be considered rather harsh. Admittedly they don’t play the most exciting football at times, but in most other seasons they would still be in the Premier League title race and they still have the chance to lift the FA Cup in May.

That opportunity exists because of their 2-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley last weekend, a result which followed on from their midweek triumph at Bournemouth to make it five wins from their last six competitive games.

In the league alone Manchester United have won six of their last seven, only failing in that shocking performance against West Brom earlier this month. This takes them to 2nd in the Premier League ladder, three points ahead of arch rivals Liverpool with a game in hand.

Old Trafford was the setting for some epic battles back at the turn of the millennium, but that era is finally coming to a certain close at the end of this season. Arsene Wengers announcement to leave Arsenal means that the Premier League will be without it’s two most talismanic managers for the first time in history. There has never been a season in Premier League history in which neither Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger weren’t present, so it really is the changing of the guard.

Manchester United vs Arsenal Stats

  • The Gunners haven’t beaten Man Utd in a match in the month of April since 1978, a 3-1 win in a league match. Since then, Arsenal have failed to beat their rivals in four FA Cup matches, five league matches and one Champions League match (D4 L6).
  • This will be the 19th meeting between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger in all competitions – Mourinho didn’t lose any of the first 13 (W6 D7) but has lost two of the last five (W2 D1). However, he’s never lost at home against Wenger in seven matches (W4 D3).
  • The Gunners have already lost nine Premier League away games this season – they last reached double figures for away defeats in a 38-game season back in 1989-90 (10).
  • Indeed, Arsenal have lost their last five on the road in the Premier League – they’ve not lost six in a row in the top-flight since a run of seven in January 1966.
  • After drawing their last three Premier League games in 2017, none of Man Utd’s 13 in 2018 have finished level (W10 L3), winning six of the last seven.
  • This will be Arsene Wenger’s last visit to Old Trafford as Arsenal manager – he lost his first ever match with the Gunners at the ground (0-1 in November 1996) while it was also the venue of his joint-heaviest league defeat at Arsenal (2-8 in August 2011).
  • Alexis Sanchez could become the first player to score both for and against the same team in the same Premier League season since Wilfried Bony in 2014-15 (who scored for and against both Swansea and Man City).

 

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