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CONFIRMED: Rashford and Valencia start, Rooney benched against Arsenal

Manchester United face Arsenal in the Premier League at Old Trafford this afternoon. Last season, United won this fixture 3-2 with Marcus Rashford making is Premier league debit following his UEFA Europa league debut, in which he scored a brace in both matches. United will be looking for more of the same. Against Arsenal in the Premier League at Old Trafford, 24 matches have been played so far. United have won 15, drawn six and lost just three matches; the last being just over a decade ago. United will start the match in sixth place, eight points off the top spot, held by Liverpool, six points adrift of Arsenal. Three points today could put United back into contention for a top four finish at least this season, which is something United need to be doing. For weeks now, some rivals have dropped points, but United looked uninterested in doing the business on the pitch. Jose Mourinho’s side is injury plagued, or at least was with Antonio Valencia checking in at the Lowry hotel in Manchester on Friday afternoon.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian;

Carrick, Herrera;

Mata, Pogba, Martial;

Rashford

Substitutes:

Romero; Blind; Memphis, Lingard, Young, Schneiderlin; Rooney

Arsenal:

Cech;

Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal;

Coquelin, Elneny;

Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott;

Sanchez

Substitutes:

Ospina; Gibbs, Gabriel; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xhaka; Giroud, Iwobi

Manchester United meet Arsenal for the first time this season in the early Saturday kick off, with Arsenal looking to maintain momentum and United looking to find it.

It was a very different story in the fixture 5 years ago, when United thrashed Arsenal 8-2, with a Rooney hat-trick at the centre of United putting Arsenal to the sword.

So what are the chances of it happening again?

According to bookmakers 888sport, it’s 1000/1 for a repeat scoreline for Manchester United to beat Arsenal 8-2 tomorrow.

It’s also the first time that Mourinho has faced Arsenal since taking over at United, as they renew hostilities. The pair are 11/10 to shake hands after the game, but bookies 888sport bet they won’t with shorter odds of 4/7 for them to refuse each other’s handshake post-match.

Match Markets:

Manchester United to win – 17/11

Arsenal to win – 2/1

Match Drawn – 40/17

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