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MUN vs ARS | Manchester United vs Arsenal – Match Preview

Match Details

Manchester United vs Arsenal – Premier League

6th December, 01:30 IST

Old Trafford, Manchester

 

Form:

Manchester United: W L D W D

Arsenal: D D W W W

 

Preview

Manchester United and Arsenal clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday night in what promises to be yet another thrilling night of football action in the English Premier League. 

While Arsenal head into this match on the back of an exhilarating 4-2 win against derby rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United endured yet another frustrating evening as they managed a 2-2 draw against Southampton.

Jose Mourinho fielded 5 holding midfielders against Southampton and the Portuguese is expected to play a similar system against Arsenal as his squad is crippled by injuries.

 

Team News: 

  • Victor Lindelof, Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw are all struggling with injuries.
  • Ashley Young will miss out due to a suspension.
  • Ozil remains a doubt for the game at Old Trafford.
  • Granit Xhaka is suspended. 

 

Predicted Lineups

Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot, Smalling, Jones, Shaw; Matic, Herrera; Lingard, Pogba, Martial; Lukaku.

Arsenal: Leno; Sokratis, Mustafi, Bellerin, Kolasinac; Torreira, Guendouzi; Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang; Lacazette.

 

Combined XI for the game:

 

 

Strategy

Goalkeeper:

Although Petr Cech is back from injury, new signing Bernd Leno has firmly established himself as Arsenal’s number one goalkeeper and is expected to start against Manchester United on Wednesday. With United struggling to find the back of the net at Old Trafford, Leno is a great pick for your side.

 

Defence:

Diogo Dalot and Phil Jones will have to bear the responsibility of stopping Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and company on Wednesday night. They are cheap options for our defence. 

Arsenal full-backs Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin are great options for your team combination owing to their phenomenal attacking potential.

Alternate Picks: Sokratis in place of Jones

 

Midfield:

Paul Pogba has contributed little from open play this season for Manchester United in the Premier League. But the Frenchman is on penalties and hence finds a place in our team.  

Anthony Martial has been Manchester United’s player of the season so far. The French winger has scored 6 goals in his last 7 Premier League matches and will be Manchester United’s biggest goal scoring threat against Arsenal.

Uruguayan International Lucas Torreira has been a revelation for Arsenal so far this season. Torreira breaks up attacks but also gets inside the box in shooting positions.  

 

Attack: 

An out of form Romelu Lukaku, who finally ended his goal-scoring drought against Southampton on Saturday, will be tasked with leading Manchester United to a crucial win against bitter rivals Arsenal in front of a packed Old Trafford stadium on Wednesday.

A rampant Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has scored 10 goals in the Premier League so far and will be one of the main danger men for the Manchester United defence.

His strike partner Alexandre Lacazette has scored crucial goals for Arsenal since his arrival from Lyon last year and is an excellent addition for your side.

Alternate Pick: Rashford in place of Lukaku

 

Captain Pick: Aubameyang

Vice-Captain Pick: Anthony Martial (Alternate Picks: Pogba, Lacazette)

Value Pick: Diogo Dalot

Must Avoid: Ashley Young, Koscielny, Welbeck, Lindelof

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