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Man Utd vs Arsenal: News update, prediction & likely lineup

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 05/12/2018

Arsenal have the chance to go 20 games unbeaten for the first time in 11 years on Wednesday night, but a trip to Old Trafford stands in the way as Unai Emery’s first Premier League meeting with Jose Mourinho.

Red Devils clawed back from two goals down to draw with Southampton 2-2 on last weekend at and while they hold the upper hand in terms or head-to-head meetings with Arsenal, the Gunners will be feeling confident ahead of this one fresh off the back of their north London derby victory over Tottenham.

Team News

Ashley Young is out with a suspension for Manchester United, which could pave the way for summer signing Diogo Dalot to make his first Premier League start at right-back although there could be a shortage of options elsewhere in defence with Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones all doubts and Victor Lindelof still sidelined.

There are question marks hanging over a number of other players, including Romelu Lukaku and Luke Shaw, both of whom came off with knocks against Southampton and Marcus Rashford, having also been substituted, was backed after the game by boss Mourinho to be fit for this contest.

Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian were not part of the matchday squad at St Mary's, along with Alexis Sanchez (hamstring) and Victor Lindelof (muscular injury), a pair who will definitely miss out again.

Granit Xhaka is suspended for Arsenal after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the victory against Tottenham and Nacho Monreal (hamstring), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) and Danny Welbeck (ankle) remain sidelined.

Head To Head

 

Wednesday's encounter will represent the 228th competitive clash between the two clubs, with Manchester United having won 98 times in comparison to 82 wins for Arsenal and neither team has put together three successive wins in this fixture since United did between August 2011 and November 2012, but Mourinho's team can achieve that this week.

Arsenal have not won at Old Trafford in the Premier League since 2006, although they did prevail in an FA Cup tie as recently as 2015.

Manchester United possible starting lineup: De Gea; Dalot, Smalling, Jones, Shaw; Matic, Herrera; Lingard, Pogba, Martial; Lukaku

Arsenal possible starting lineup: Leno; Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding; Bellerin, Torreira, Guendouzi, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Prediction: Man United 1-2 Arsenal
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