Facts and figures ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final clash between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford.
While Arsenal and Manchester United have been relatively even over the last two decades, United’s dominance over Arsenal in the last 2-3 seasons has been complete, and it’s no surprise that United are the favourites for this weekend’s FA Cup tie with any sportsbook. The Premier League may be a different story given the indifferent form of the two teams, but at home to Arsenal, United will feel that the game is under control.
- The last FA Cup game played between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford was in the 5th round of the 07/08 season, which United won 4-0. United lost to Portsmouth in the quarter-finals that season.
- Their previous clash was the 04/05 FA Cup final, which Arsenal won on penalties after being on the back foot for most of the game (surprisingly, as that was one of United’s worst seasons this decade).
- The last nine times Manchester United and Arsenal have met in the FA Cup, the teams have alternated between victories.
- Overall the two sides have met 11 times in the FA Cup, with the Gunners winning five times and Man Utd six times.
- Arsenal have failed to score in their last three FA Cup matches against Man Utd.
- Man Utd have won five and lost none of the last six meetings with Arsenal in all competitions.
- Arsenal have only scored 15 goals in their last 30 trips to Old Trafford in all competitions and only netted more than one in a game on one occasion, a 2-0 win the 2003 FA Cup.
- Park Ji-Sung has scored in his last three starts v Arsenal.
- Arsenal have given away a penalty in five of their last eight Premier League trips to Old Trafford.
- Wayne Rooney missed a penalty in the league game at Old Trafford in December after scoring in his previous two appearances against the Gunners.
- Rooney scored his first and his 100th Premier League goal against Arsenal and scored goals which ended Arsenal’s two longest unbeaten runs in the Premier League.
- Man Utd have only conceded a total of eight goals in their last 15 FA Cup matches at Old Trafford and not more than once in that run.