Preview: Manchester United v Arsenal – Barclays Premier League 2014/15


Old Trafford, Manchester

Barclays Premier League

Sunday 17th May 2015, KO 16:00 GMT live on Sky Sports 1HD

Referee: Mike Dean; Assistant Referees: L Betts & S Long; Fourth Official: M Oliver

Manchester United face Arsenal in the final Barclays Premier League match of the season at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. United were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup at home back in March, and revenge on that defeat will be something United will be looking for, which would also put pressure on the Gunners to beat Sunderland on Wednesday, their match in hand, to ensure they do not finish lower than third this season. United manager Louis van Gaal was tasked with getting the club back into the UEFA Champions League next season, something which is more or less complete with Liverpool six points behind in fifth place with a massive goal difference, which is not in their favour. United need a victory to put them in good stead in having their European place next season, otherwise it will run to the final day of the season for it to be confirmed. Many see United as the only side capable of earning that fourth place this season, which was the target at the end of the day.

Louis van Gaal has done well this season, United have been inside the top four for the majority of the season, actually the victory over Arsenal on the 22nd November 2014 saw them earn that position, which that have stayed either above, or in, since that victory, which just goes to show the difference from last season under David Moyes. United have a better points total at this moment in time also, which is only four points higher than last season’s total, but puts United three places higher in the league, opening up that final Champions League place, albeit through the qualification play-off, which is not so much a raw deal. United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, has promised the Memphis Depay would be the first of many new signings this summer, with many exits also expected. Louis van Gaal seems to know what players he wants, in order to find that balance he craves at the club, and providing he gets that balance, his side next season could give Chelsea a run for their money, not that many think that could be the case after this season, but “football is a funny old game”.

Louis van Gaal was hit with two more injuries which have ruled Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw out for the visit of Arsenal, added to the absence of Michael Carrick and Jonny Evans. Robin van Persie, Angel Di Maria and maybe Marcos Rojo could return, which would reinforce the defence, in the case of Rojo anyway. Van Persie is likely to start against his former club with Rooney on the sidelines and James Wilson could be involved on the bench, which will give Van Gaal’s side some energy towards the end of the match, should that be needed. Arsene Wenger will be without Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mathieu Debuchy, with the former United striker the difference between the two sides back in March. Arsenal have been in good form this season, but slipped to a home defeat against Swansea City on Monday. United have not been the best side this season, but form has changed during the big games, especially against Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, which has seen United earn 18 points from those matches this season, also drawing to Chelsea at home, but losing to them at Stamford Bridge.

United’s form against Arsenal at home is good, winning 14 matches out of 22, losing three and drawing five. United have scored 36 goals, conceding 11, also keeping 12 clean sheets. The 6-1 and the 8-2 victories should inspire United, who have done well at home against the Gunners, and a big win for the supporters at Old Trafford would be a good send off for the season, allowing the supporters and players to get ready for next seasons campaign, with Ed Woodward stating the club would compete on all four fronts; the Premier League, Capital One Cup, FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.


Manchester United Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2014/15 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 36 matches, won 20, drawn 8, lost 8 and currently have 68 points

Scored 61 goals (1.69 goals per match) and conceded 36 goals (1.00 goals per match) – 3 Penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 10 matches

Clean sheet record 28%

Arsenal Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2014/15 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 35 matches, won 21, drawn 7, lost 7 and currently have 70 points

Scored 66 goals (1.89 goals per match) and conceded 34 goals (0.97 goals per match) – 5 penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 10 matches

Clean sheet record 34%

Top Scorers (all competitions):

Manchester United: 14 – Wayne Rooney, 10 – Juan Mata, Robin van Persie, 7 – Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, 4 – Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, 3 – Own Goal, Chris Smalling, 2 – Daley Blind, James Wilson, Ashley Young, 1 – Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo

Arsenal: 24 – Alexis Sánchez, 18 – Olivier Giroud, 10 – Aaron Ramsey, 8 – Santiago Cazorla, Danny Welbeck, 5 – Mesut Özil, 3 – Laurent Koscielny, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomáš Rosický, Theo Walcott, 2 – Hector Bellerin, 1 – Mikel Arteta, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy, Mathieu Flamini, Kieran Gibbs, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, Jack Wilshere

Manchester United Form: – WLLLWW

Last six matches: Crystal Palace 2-1 W, West Bromwich Albion 1-0 L, Everton 3-0 L, Chelsea 1-0 L, Manchester City 4-2 W, Aston Villa 3-1 W

Arsenal: – LWDWWW

Last six matches: Swansea City 1-0 L, Hull City 3-1 W, Chelsea 0-0 D, Reading 2-1 W, Burnley 1-0 W, Liverpool 4-1 W

Head to Head:

Played 22 matches at Old Trafford in the Barclays Premier League:

Manchester United: Won 14, Drawn 5, Lost 3 – Scored 36 goals, conceded 11 goals and kept 12 clean sheets

Arsenal: Won 3, Drawn 5, Lost 14 – Scored 36 goals, conceded 11 goals and kept 6 clean sheets

Manchester United Squad:

Manager: Louis van Gaal

Goalkeepers: 1. David De Gea, 13, Anders Lindegaard, 32. Víctor Valdés, 40. Ben Amos;

Defenders: 2. Rafael da Silva, 3. Luke Shaw, 4. Phil Jones, 5. Marcos Rojo, 6. Jonny Evans, 12. Chris Smalling, 33. Paddy McNair, 39. Tom Thorpe, 42. Tyler Blackett;

Midfielders: 7. Ángel Di María, 8. Juan Mata, 11. Adnan Januzaj, 16. Michael Carrick, 17. Daley Blind, 18. Ashley Young, 21. Ander Herrera, 25. Antonio Valencia, 31. Marouane Fellaini, 44. Andreas Pereira;

Strikers: 9. Radamel Falcao, 10. Wayne Rooney, 20. Robin van Persie, 49. James Wilson

Doubts/Injuries: 3. Luke Shaw (groin/pelvis), 6. Jonny Evans (knock), 10. Wayne Rooney (dead leg), 16. Michael Carrick (calf/shin) [injury details taken from]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the]

Arsenal Squad:

Manager: Arsene Wenger

Goalkeepers: 1. Wojciech Szczęsny, 13. David Ospina, 26. Damián Martínez;

Defenders: 2. Mathieu Debuchy, 3. Kieran Gibbs, 4. Per Mertesacker, 5. Gabriel Paulista, 6. Laurent Koscielny, 18. Nacho Monreal, 21. Calum Chambers, 39. Hector Bellerin, 42. Isaac Hayden;

Midfielders: 7. Tomáš Rosický, 8. Mikel Arteta, 10. Jack Wilshere, 11. Mesut Özil, 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 16. Aaron Ramsey, 19. Santi Cazorla, 20. Mathieu Flamini, 24. Abou Diaby, 27. Serge Gnabry, 34. Francis Coquelin, 35. Gedion Zelalem, 36. Krystian Bielik;

Strikers: 12. Olivier Giroud, 14. Theo Walcott, 17. Alexis Sánchez, 23. Danny Welbeck, 38. Chuba Akpom

Doubts/Injuries: 2. Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring), 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), 23. Danny Welbeck (knee) [injury details taken from]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the]

Predicted Formation/Starting XI:

Score Prediction:

Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal

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