Premier League heavyweights Manchester United and Arsenal clash on Saturday as English domestic football returns after the international break.
This used to be a fixture between two title rivals, but the fall of United in recent years has taken some of the edge from the match.
However, this passion and animosity should return in spades after José Mourinho’s appointment at Old Trafford, with the Portuguese trainer set to continue his feud with Arsène Wenger in his new role.
Manchester United vs Arsenal
Date: Saturday, 19 November
Kick Off: 12.30pm
Venue: Old Trafford
Manchester United team news and preview
Mourinho’s selection issues come in defence, with serious injuries to both Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia of late, leaving the Red Devils low on options in their back four.
The United coach left Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw out of his side that beat Swansea last time out and later criticised the pair for not playing through pain — it remains to be seen if they will return to action here.
Zlatan Ibrahimović is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season against the Swans, and as such, Wayne Rooney could lead the line for the hosts.
Predicted Manchester United Starting Lineup: De Gea, Darmian, Blind, Jones, Shaw, Fellaini, Carrick, Pogba, Rashford, Martial, Rooney.
Arsenal team news and preview
Arsenal fans will have collectively recoiled at the news that Alexis Sánchez suffered a calf tear while on international duty with Chile – the former Barcelona star is a doubt for the clash, despite playing against Uruguay in midweek.
The explosive forward joins long-term casualties Per Mertesacker, Lucas Perez and Danny Welbeck on the treatment table, while Santi Cazorla is also on the mend and likely to miss out.
Hector Bellerin is out of action for four weeks and, as such, Carl Jenkinson could be handed his first Premier League start of the season.
Predicted Arsenal Starting Lineup: Cech, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Xhaka, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Giroud.
Manchester United vs Arsenal Stats
There have been 16 goals in the last five meetings between these sides, with United winning 3-2 when they last met back in February.
United’s 8-2 humbling of Arsenal back in August 2011 remains one of the defining games of the Premier League era, and a dark day for Arsène Wenger.
Manchester United Form Guide: WLDWLW
Arsenal Form Guide: DWWWDW
Manchester United vs Arsenal Betting Tips
The odds on a United home win look relatively appealing, with Ladbrokes paying out 13/8 for Mourinho to get one over Wenger once more.
For those that think the Gunners will get one over their rivals, odds of 5-1 through Paddy Power for Giroud to score the first goal make sense.
Manchester United vs Arsenal Prediction
Mourinho has never lost to Wenger during his time in English football, and the proud Portuguese will be desperate to maintain this record. United recording a win would be a major statement after an inconsistent start to the season, but the Gunners will be a tough opponent. As such, there is every chance the spoils will be shared.
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