Starting XI Prediction: 4-4-2 diamond formation with Rashford and Lukaku leading the line; Pogba back in the team after suspension

Manchester United will travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Last time in North London, United beat Arsenal 3-1 with Jesse Lingard doing the moonwalk during a 3-1 victory, which saw the side knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup this season. Lingard has form for turning the pitch of the Emirates into his dance floor. Hopefully, he will be fit to play a part in this match, but who knows.

United will still be on cloud nine following their 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes in Paris, drawing 3-3 on aggregate in the UEFA Champions League, winning on away goals. Angel Di Maria’s face was a picture, and it will forever warm my heart knowing that he was just another failure to play at United for that season of obscurity for him, before he found his true calling, playing in a poor league to ensure he remains a star.

United and Arsenal have played 229 competitive matches in the history of both clubs, dating back to the first match which was played on the 13 October 1894, a 3-3 draw between Newton Heath and Woolwich Arsenal. United have won 99 times, drawn 48 times and lost 82 times. United are unbeaten in their last four matches, winning both matches at the Emirates in the Premier League and the Emirates FA Cup, and winning and drawing at Old Trafford, both in the Premier League. Arsenal last won on the 7 May 2017.

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Goalkeeper: David De Gea

The Spanish number one will be up for another visit to the Emirates this season. David De Gea has not kept a clean sheet for United since the 0-0 draw against Liverpool at the Theatre of Dreams. Keeping one this weekend would be a massive boost ahead of the next few matches. United are a much better team with De Gea in the starting XI. United have some great backup in the goalkeeper ranks but it is De Gea who needs to start matches like this. Sergio Romero can perhaps play next weekend in the FA Cup.

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Defence: Diogo Dalot, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw

Ashley Young may need a rest so he is ready to play in more important matches this season, now that two more Champions League games will be played. Diogo Dalot should have started in the last two matches, so this one is a must for him. His attacking prowess and his eye for a cross could well be needed. Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof should keep their place in the centre if defence and Luke Shaw should continue playing after a good season which has not seen many injuries, which is great.

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Midfield: Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba, Fred

Paul Pogba will be able to play for United this weekend and it will be a massive boost for Solskjaer. United may need to use the midfield to crowd Arsenal out, which has been a problem recently so a midfield diamond with Scott McTominay playing in his preferred defensive midfield role with Andreas Pereira and Fred in midfield with Pogba playing in the area that will knit the midfield with the attack, giving United more creation for goals.

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Forward Two: Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku

Playing two strikers is great for United, especially with both seemingly in form and ready to put in the performances needed to end the season on a high. Romelu Lukaku has scored six goals in his last three matches, seemingly confident and ready to strike again. Marcus Rashford scored a great penalty, under pressure, in Paris, and showed immense maturity. Having both strikers in form, especially heading to the Emirates could be enough to hit Arsenal where it hurts, again!

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Substitutes: Sergio Romero; Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young; Angel Gomes, James Garner; Anthony Martial, Tahith Chong

United now has nine players on the sidelines; Matteo Darmian (knock), Antonio Valencia (muscle), Ander Herrera (hamstring), Juan Mata (hamstring), Jesse Lingard (hamstring), Nemanja Matic (muscle), Phil Jones (illness), Alexis Sanchez (MCL), and Eric Bailly (knock). It would be good to have Martial on the bench but in case he’s not yet ready, Mason Greenwood could be given the nod again. Gomes, Garner and Chong could all be in the travelling team too. There is nothing better than playing youth.

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