Manchester United vs Arsenal
Who? Manchester United vs Arsenal in Matchweek 7 of the Premier League (Live on Sky Sports)
Where? Old Trafford, Manchester
When? 20:00 GMT, Monday 30th September 2019
The potential best viewing of Matchweek 7 comes last, as under-pressure Manchester United welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford.
11th placed United has had one of the worst weeks on the club’s recent history. A comfortable 2-0 defeat to West Ham United followed up with an uninspiring penalty shootout win against League One Rochdale during midweek. Ole Gunnar Solskjær desperately needs a performance and result to avoid further adversity surrounding the club.
Contrastingly, Arsenal look to be on a promising rise, having pulled out some impressive performances and results. A 3-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt, a 3-2 comeback with ten men against Aston Villa, showed character. Most recently, a 5-0 demolition of Championship flyers Nottingham Forest in the cup, with players back from injury, sees them with a new breed of confidence.
Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjær is without Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and potentially Luke Shaw. Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot and Eric Bailly are out. Mason Greenwood may get a start, depending on Ole’s trust in the 17-year-old.
Arsenal: Alexandre Lacazette, Emile Smith-Rowe and Hector Bellerin are not available. Kieran Tierney could make his full Arsenal league debut. We think Rob Holding and Calum Chambers could start in the defence ahead of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sokratis.
Manchester United: Paul Pogba
The United midfield lacks true quality when the French man is not in the side. He seemed lacklustre and rusty in his outing against Rochdale after returning from injury. However, Red Devil fans will hope he has saved his best for this huge game and wins the battles in the middle of the park.
Arsenal: Bukayo Saka
The 18-year-old wonderkid has risen to the occasion with the first team chances offered to the winger. It will delight arsenal fans to see him in the lineup and test himself against one of the best defensive full backs in United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Arsenal’s record at Old Trafford speaks volumes about their demise from the early 00s. Despite being favourites in multiple occasions over previous seasons, the Gunners have not won at Manchester United’s ‘Theatre of Dreams’ since 2006.
13 years ago this month, Arsenal claimed a 1-0 win after Emmanuel Adebayor netted the only goal of the game. Therefore, United have been unbeaten in TWELVE league games at Old Trafford in the league against Arsenal, winning eight and drawing four.
*odds as of September 30th at 13:33 GMT and subject to change
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