Manchester United vs Arsenal (Monday 30 September) throws together two Premier League top-six sides that missed out on Champions League football this season. They won’t want to make the same mistake again and, with Arsenal currently three points above United, this is potentially a huge early season six-pointer.
Man Utd v Arsenal Analysis
20:00 Kick Off on 30th Sept
Manchester United Form
There was much pre-season debate as to whether Ole Gunner Solskjaer had the tactical prowess or even the squad to make Manchester United great again. All that was forgotten in the twinkling of a 4-0 win over Chelsea, but the arguments have resurfaced since with United taking just five points from their last five games.
Since that win over Chelsea, United have struggled for goals, scoring just one a game in their win over Leicester, draws against Wolves and Southampton, and defeat by Crystal Palace. They also failed to find the net in their 2-0 loss at West Ham.
Arsenal haven’t been perfect either this season but their problems have been in defence rather than attack. The Gunners did manage to keep a clean sheet in their opening games against Newcastle, but have conceded 10 goals in their last five Premier League games.
They’re not the easiest team to predict either after showing plenty of determination to come back from 2-0 against Tottenham but also allowing Watford to do the same to them.
Manchester United vs Arsenal Head-To-Heads
The last five encounters have produced two wins for each team and a draw. Two of those games have been at Old Trafford, which United winning 2-1 two seasons ago before the two teams fought out a 2-2 draw last season in which United twice came from behind.
United have tended to dominate at Old Trafford though, winning 16 of their 27 home games against Arsenal, drawing eight, and losing three. They’re also unbeaten in their last 12 at home against the Gunners, winning eight and drawing four.
Manchester United vs Arsenal Injury News
United’s main worry is Marcus Rashford whose groin injury isn’t as bad as first though but it may still stop him playing against Arsenal. But United will welcome back Paul Pogba after the French international missed the last three Premier League matches.