Live updates and analysis as Man Utd travel to face Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
Manchester United are back in Premier League action as they take on Arsenal this evening.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side fell to a shock defeat to Sheffield United in midweek and know a positive response is essential if they are to keep their hopes of an unlikely title bid alive.
Arsenal are undefeated in their last six Premier League matches with Mikel Arteta’s side currently only sat behind Manchester City in the latest form table. However, United are unbeaten in 17 away league games, their joint-longest run without defeat on the road in their top-flight history.
In terms of early team news, Eric Bailly is expected to return to the match day squad for United while Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to miss the match amid an ongoing family issue.
Stick with us for all the early build-up and match updates LIVE from the Emirates.
One to watch
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has been involved in seven Premier League goals this season (5 goals, 2 assists), more than any other teenager this term. The last teenager to be involved in more goals in a league campaign for Arsenal was Cesc Fàbregas in 2006-07 (2 goals, 11 assists).
We simulated Arsenal vs United to get a score prediction
Ahead of the game, we used FIFA 21 to get a score prediction. This is what the game predicts.
Amad Diallo should be on the bench against Southampton in midweek
Solskjaer had been considering including Amad Diallo in the first-team squad to face Liverpool in the FA Cup last weekend but decided against throwing the teenager in at the deep end. After the way Daniel James and Juan Mata were ignored off the bench on Wednesday there may have been a temptation to put the 18-year-old amongst the nine replacements at the Emirates today, instead he made his debut for the Under-23s, scoring twice in the 6-3 thrashing of Liverpool. That might be it for his immediate involvement with the development sides. Solskjaer clearly doesn’t trust his replacement wide men to offer an X-factor, but the teenager might be able to do just that. He should be on the bench against Southampton in midweek
FEATURE: The Treble winner who tarnished his Manchester United legacy in a single moment
Being part of the greatest Manchester United side of all time should make you immortal.
However for one Treble winner many fans would argue his legacy at the club has been irretrievably damaged, despite being such a towering figure of that fabled side.
Yes, there have been star players from different eras at Old Trafford, yet few would argue against the 1998/99 side being the best squad United have ever had at their disposal.
To win just one of the Premier League, FA Cup or Champions League represents a great season for most – to win all three is an unthinkable indulgence few teams could fathom.
But what is the standout moment of that season? The FA Cup semi-final win over Arsenal? The comeback against Juventus? Or that crowning night in Barcelona as United finally reached The Promised Land?
Given the immense success of the season it makes sense why different moments standout to different fans, but looking back on those wonderful scenes at the Nou Camp… one snapshot leaves a sour taste in the mouth.
The one change United have to make vs Arsenal
One change that Solskjaer has to make today is restoring Edinson Cavani to the starting line-up. It was understandable to try and rest him in midweek but Anthony Martial’s meek performance should mean the Frenchman is dropped, United can’t afford a passive striker today. Cavani’s energy will be vital in trying to trouble the Arsenal defense and he’s already proven himself a better option at centre forward than Martial.
United’s predicted line up vs Arsenal
As stated previously this season, Dean Henderson needs a run if he is deemed to be United’s future number one. The back four picks itself, although it is inevitable Lindelof will start. McTominay and Fred are essential, which means Pogba is back on the wing. Radical it might be, but Mason Greenwood merits another start after his midweek performance, which means there is no room for Rashford, never mind Martial.
United predicted XI vs Arsenal: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Fernandes; Rashford, Pogba, Cavani.14:43TYRONE MARSHALL
A huge night for United
This feels like a crucial game for United today, given what happened on Wednesday night. They need to get back on track with a positive result, but a defeat the Emirates will set alarm bells ringing. United still haven’t beaten a top six rival in the Premier League this season, but while Arsenal have improved recently they’re still not a serious top four threat and United can show that the defeat to Sheffield Wednesday was a one-off by finally beating Arsenal under Solskjaer.
A tough test
Arsenal have won their last two Premier League matches against Manchester United, last winning three in a row in September 1998 under Arsène Wenger.
A look at United’s past interest in Martin Odegaard ahead of his possible debut today
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s compatriot Martin Odegaard has just joined Arsenal on loan until the end of the season. Odegaard, 22, visited United’s Carrington training complex when he was 15 but elected to join Real Madrid in January 2015.
Odegaard was watched by United’s head of global scouting Marcel Bout during his season on loan at Real Sociedad in 2019-20 and could make his Arsenal debut against Solskjaer’s side this weekend.
“Martin is a very talented young player and we know from the national team he can cause any team problems,” Solskjaer added.
“I hope he’s not finding his form on Saturday!
“I wish him all the best, he’s a good boy, good attitude, right character and I’m sure they made a good signing there.”
Arsenal without star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang vs United
An update on the official Arsenal websiteconfirms they will be without their captain tonight.
“Will be unavailable for Saturday’s match due to personal family reasons.”
Team news and Eric Bailly injury update
Eric Bailly is fit for Manchester United’s Premier League fixture at Arsenal.
Bailly, 26, missed the midweek defeat to Sheffield United due to a knock but will travel with the rest of the squad to London this weekend.
“He’s travelling to Arsenal, yeah,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed. “Apart from that, we didn’t get any other losses from Sheffield United and the players are all fit and raring to go.”
With Bailly back, United have a fully fit Premier League squad to choose from this weekend as Phil Jones was omitted from the squad at the start of the season. Jones, 29 next month, has been out injured since June.
United could break an all-time club record today
United are unbeaten in 17 Premier League away games, their joint-longest run without defeat on the road in their top-flight history (also September 1999).
They have won 26 points away from home so far this season, more than any other Premier League side (W8 D2).