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Manchester United play Arsenal on Sunday, 13 April needing to win to keep Chelsea at arm’s length.

Arsenal have been United’s trickiest opponents since Alex Ferguson took over at Old Trafford in November 1986. The London club have won 13 league fixtures against United in this period and collected 53 points, more than any other club. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has been in charge for eight of these victories, including three at Old Trafford.

Arsenal have won four matches at United since November 1986, a total bettered only by Chelsea’s five in the same period.

Most league wins against Manchester United since Alex Ferguson became manager

# wins
Club
Points
13
Arsenal
53
12
Chelsea
52
11
Liverpool
45
7
Everton
29
7
Southampton
27
7
Norwich City
23
6
Tottenham Hotspur
28
6
Manchester City
27
6
Middlesbrough
25
6
Sheffield Wednesday
25
6
Nottingham Forest
23


Arsenal’s wins against Manchester United since November 1986

Date Match
Result
Arsenal manager
21 Jan 2007 Arsenal — Manchester United
2-1
Arsène Wenger
17 Sep 2006 Manchester United — Arsenal
0-1
Arsène Wenger
08 May 2002 Manchester United — Arsenal
0-1
Arsène Wenger
25 Nov 2001 Arsenal — Manchester United
3-1
Arsène Wenger
01 Oct 2000 Arsenal — Manchester United
1-0
Arsène Wenger
20 Sep 1998 Arsenal — Manchester United
3-0
Arsène Wenger
14 Mar 1998 Manchester United — Arsenal
0-1
Arsène Wenger
09 Nov 1997 Arsenal — Manchester United
3-2
Arsène Wenger
04 Nov 1995 Arsenal — Manchester United
1-0
Bruce Rioch
06 May 1991 Arsenal — Manchester United
3-1
George Graham
20 Oct 1990 Manchester United — Arsenal
0-1
George Graham
03 Dec 1989 Arsenal — Manchester United
1-0
George Graham
17 Dec 1988 Arsenal — Manchester United
2-1
George Graham

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A month ago, all eyes were set on this match, as it should have been the title decider, with both Arsenal and Manchester United looking unstoppable at the time. Now, due to the results of both teams in the last month, Arsenal come to this match with no such expectations, as United proved to be just too good.

The general idea, obviously, is that Manchester are heading towards a tough match, which they will eventually win. It’s a legit estimation, but at the same time we must remember this: If Chelsea beat Wigan, as expected, an Arsenal win will blow the title race wide open.

As this is Arsenal’s last chance to get something out of this season, one can expect The Gunners to give it all they have. True, Manchester United is a better team, but without Vidic and with the injured Ferdinand, Arsenal’s prolific strikers can find the way in. This also goes the other way, as Arsenal will find it hard to cope without the injured Flamini, whose attacking skills are much better than the player who’s expected to fill in for him — Gilberto Silva.

Manchester United were able to rest both Rooney and Ronaldo for the 2nd leg against AS Roma. This might prove as a great move, as both these players will come up a bit fresher to finish Arsenal home at the dying seconds of the match. It will be a perfect end for a glorious season for Arsenal, brought us great moments of football, but at the same time saw lady luck laughing at their expense.

Just like the bookies when we look at BetUknow community more then 50% thinks that Manchester United will win this interesting encounter while the rest split evenly between a draw and a win for Arsenal.

Predictions:

I’d expect Arsenal to score here but apart from that, it’s all pointing to a United win. What do you guys think?

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