Manchester United v Arsenal : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 02-12-2021 9:46 am (1 month ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 2-12-2021 09:46 AM (1 month ago)

Date: Thursday 2nd December, 2021
Time: 9:15 pm
Stadium  Old Trafford
Referee     Martin Atkinson (England)
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Manchester United
Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane continue to be sidelined with injuries, but Manchester United could welcome back Luke Shaw and Edinson Cavani to the roster when Arsenal come visiting. Captain Harry Maguire is back in contention after missing the Chelsea clash due to suspension.

Carrick has made a couple of huge calls in the last two games, dropping the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo, and might decide to keep Maguire on the bench on Thursday. Instead, he could stick with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly at the heart of the defence while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Alex Telles continue as the full-backs, with Shaw likely to be eased back into action. David de Gea will continue to man the goal.

A diamond midfield formation was utilised in the draw against Chelsea, but we could see United revert to their usual 4-2-3-1 setup against Arsenal with Fred and Scott McTominay forming the double pivot while Nemanja Matic drops out of the lineup.

Despite an underwhelming display last time out, Bruno Fernandes ought to get the nod as the No. 10. Ronaldo should return to the lineup on Thursday night. Jadon Sancho, who has scored two goals in two games, should hold onto his spot in the starting XI, moving out to the right flank while Marcus Rashford starts on the left.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is sweating over the fitness of Bukayo Saka, who came off injured against Newcastle. Given the quick turnaround between games, the England international might not be risked at Old Trafford. Meanwhile, Sead Kolasinac and Granit Xhaka are ruled out.

The Gunners will set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation at Old Trafford and look to take the game to their hosts. Aaron Ramsdale, who has been in top form since joining Arsenal in the summer, is a certain starter in goal. No changes are expected in defence with Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes and Nuno Tavares all starting, which means Kieran Tierney will have to suffice with a place on the bench again.

Moving into the middle of the park, Albert Sambi Lokonga has established himself as a certain starter and will look to dictate play with his impressive range of distribution. He will have Thomas Partey for company in the pivot, with the Ghanaian tasked with disrupting the hosts’ rhythm and forcing turnovers.

With Saka likely to be held back, Gabriel Martinelli could get the nod on the right flank while Emile Smith Rowe continues out on the left. Along with Martin Odegaard, the duo will carry the creative threat for the visitors and look to engineer chances for the main striker and club captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares; Partey, Lokonga; Martinelli, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang

Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal

Posted: at 2-12-2021 09:46 AM (1 month ago) | Hero