Manchester United host Arsenal in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime, as the visitors look to secure a victory that will take them to the top of the table.
The home side have not been in great form of late. However, the Red Devils did record a 3-1 win at Swansea prior to the international break. A stunning strike from Paul Pogba and brace from Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured the first win in five league games for the Red Devils.
The brace in Wales took Ibrahimovic’s Premier League goal tally up to six for the season. However, he also picked up his fifth caution of the season, which means he will serve a ban in this clash.
United are currently sixth in the table after their inconsistent run of form that has seen the Red Devils win twice in their last seven league outings. United do have a good record against the Gunners at home at Old Trafford, having gone unbeaten in the last nine league meetings recording seven wins in the process.
Arsenal head to Manchester in fourth spot in the table, two points behind top of the league Liverpool. A win would take the Gunners to the top of the league temporarily at least.
Prior to the international break, Arsene Wenger’s side drew 1-1 with Tottenham in the north London derby at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal will be confident of ending their nine-year wait for a league win at Old Trafford, as the team from north London are now 16 games unbeaten in all competitions. The visitors also have a strong record on their travels, unbeaten in 12 away games in all competitions and having won their last five games on the road.
United have major problems in defence with Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling all ruled out through injury. To make matters worse Luke Shaw is also doubtful along with Marouane Fellaini and captain Wayne Rooney.
Arsenal have some injury worries of their own heading into this clash. Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck, Lucas Perez, Chuba Akpom, Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla are all sidelined. Chilean international Alexis Sanchez is also doubt having picked up an injury on international duty.
Manchester United head into this clash as slight favourites to claim the win at odds of 6/4, while the Gunners are odds of 2/1 to record an overdue win in Manchester. The draw is odds of 12/5.
The trip to Old Trafford is a test of the Gunners title ambitions and no doubt it will not be an easy clash for Arsene Wenger’s side.
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