Tonight, Manchester United will host Arsenal at Old Trafford. Currently, formidable Arsenal is sitting eight points ahead of United in the Premier League table.
Gunners are going to visit United’s home with a magnificent 12-match unbeaten streak in the all competitions, while the Red Devils only managed to win twice in their last six league fixtures
After 14 league fixtures, Jose Mourinho’s side has only 22 points and sitting way out of the top four. Their underwhelming performance is extremely threatening their next year’s Europe fixtures.
However, United’s only noticeable victory in the recent weeks is the Champions League away wins over Juventus, which wasn’t pretty much convincing at all. Moreover, somehow they have just managed to draw after falling behind by 2-0 against Southampton last Saturday.
Man U boss Mourinho also uttered that his team need a miracle to finish at top four at the end of the season.
But he tried to turn down his words a bit before this big clash. He said: “I don’t know if I said [that] or if I didn’t. But if I used that word, it is not what I feel at all.
“I think we are eight or nine points from fourth. I don’t think we need a miracle at all. I think we need a good run of results, I think we don’t need to waste points where we shouldn’t waste.”
On the other hand, Unai Emery’s Arsenal is at the ninth cloud in this season so far. Literally, they on fire in the Premier League fixtures this year, though their start of the season wasn’t very much convincing at all.
Despite this formidable form, Gunners are standing at the fourth place of the league table due to the phenomenal performances from table-topper Man City, and the next two club Liverpool and Chelsea. More importantly, Gunners Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is establishing himself as one of the best strikers of Premier League with 10 goals and 2 assists in this season so far.
Man U’s Ashley Young and Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka both of them will be out of the bench for one-match suspension. Mesut Ozil, once again will not be featured in this match due to his injury issues. After putting an end to his longest goal drought in the Premier League on last Saturday, Romelu Lukaku ensures his place in the starting XI.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Dalot, Smalling, Jones, Shaw; Matic, Herrera; Lingard, Pogba, Martial; Lukaku
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Leno; Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding; Bellerin, Torreira, Guendouzi, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Aubameyang, Lacazette