Preview: Hopefully there will be another moonwalk at the Emirates this weekend; nine consecutive wins on the road


Arsenal -v- Manchester United

Premier League

Emirates Stadium, London

Sunday 10 March 2019; KO 16:30 GMT

Referee: Jonathan Moss

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.

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Form: United are in much better form and have a much higher confidence level with Arsenal coming back from a poor night in France

Manchester United: WWWDWL

Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 W, Southampton 3-2 W, Crystal Palace 3-1 W, Liverpool 0-0 D, Chelsea 2-0 W, Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 L

United are currently in magical form, especially after that magnificent 3-1 win in Paris which saw them reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League this season. In their last six matches, United have won four times, drawn once and lost once. Solskjaer’s side has scored 11 goals, conceded six goals, kept two clean sheets and saw themselves rise back into the top four in the Premier League.

Arsenal: LDWWWL

Rennes 3-1 L, Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 D, Bournemouth 5-1 W, Southampton 2-0 W, BATE Borisov 3-0 W, BATE Borisov 1-0 L

Arsenal might not be in the best of form but what do you expect from the team that seems to be stuck in the same bubble at this stage of the season. The manager has changed but in terms of football, the same problems are there. The defence is awful the majority of the time, players go missing in big matches and their results are just too mixed to suggest that are going to get the better of this confident United side. Three wins, two losses and one draw in the last six, scoring 12 goals, conceding six and keeping two clean sheets.

Top Scorers: Arsenal may have one of the top scorers this season but Romelu Lukaku is coming after him based on his current form

Manchester United: 15 – Romelu Lukaku, 14 – Paul Pogba, 11 – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, 5 – Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, 3 – Ander Herrera, 2 – Marouane Fellaini, Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young, 1 – Fred, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Andreas Pereira, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling

Arsenal: 19 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 14 – Alexandre Lacazette, 6 – Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 5 – Alex Iwobi, Mesut Özil, Danny Welbeck, 4 – Aaron Ramsey, 3 – Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Emile Smith Rowe, Joe Willock, Granit Xhaka, 2 – Sokratis, Lucas Torreira, 1 – Matteo Guendouzi, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Nacho Monreal

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Team News: Injuries still a problem but at the moment, touch wood, they don’t seem to be costing United – the squad mentality is great

United may again have to rely on the fringe players based on the number of injuries the club currently has. Nemanja Matic (muscle), Ander Herrera (hamstring), Juan Mata (hamstring), Jesse Lingard (hamstring), Phil Jones (illness), Anthony Martial (groin), Antonio Valencia (calf), Matteo Darmian (knock), Alexis Sanchez (MCL) and now Eric Bailly (knock). Paul Pogba will be back though. Solskjaer will obviously give an injury update during his press conference which later this morning.

United will no doubt still be boosted following that victory over PSG, which they should enjoy but not get carried away with as the Arsenal match is just as important as that one, especially if United want to get some space between them and Arsenal. Solskjaer will ensure his squad is grounded before travelling to the Emirates on Sunday. Arsenal manager Unai Emery will be without three players for Sundays match with Hector Bellerin (ACL), Rob Holding (ACL), and Danny Welbeck (ankle) all on the sidelines.

Predicted Starting XI: Ten on the sidelines through injury but United still have a decent team to pick from

It is so far unknown as to whether United will have any of the injured players back before the visit to the Emirates on Sunday. Having some strength on the bench would be good but could also be unlikely. The return of Paul Pogba will be good in itself as he will strengthen the midfield, although they did just fine without him against PSG. The likes of Angel Gomes, James Garner, Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood could be called into action again.

Match Prediction: United are in great form recently, especially after a magical night in Paris; Arsenal looking to bounce back after a heavy defeat

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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