MATCH PREVIEW: Arsenal vs. Manchester United

After a missed opportunity to widen their lead at the top of the table after their 2-1 shock loss to Sheffield United midweek, Manchester United are back in Premier League action on Saturday as they travel to London to play Arsenal.

United play their best football away from Old Trafford, and are unbeaten away from home in 17 league games and will set a new club record if they can beat Arsenal on Saturday. Seven places and 10 points separate the two sides in the table, but it is ninth-placed Arsenal who go into the game off the back of a victory, and well, United blew it this week. 

Match Build-Up

At home, Arsenal have kept three clean sheets in a row – as many as they had managed in their previous 19 games at the Emirates – and Saturday offers them the opportunity to extend that to four on the bounce for the first time since April 2019.

Meanwhile, United have won more points and scored more goals away from home than any other Premier League side this season. The Gunners won at Old Trafford earlier this season, thanks to Aubameyang’s penalty, while our last win against the Gunners came in the cup, in January 2019. 

Former Arsenal man Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring for United, before Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial secured a thrilling 3-1 win.

Manchester United Team News

United will check on the fitness of Eric Bailly, who was due to face Sheffield United but was forced to withdraw after picking up a knock in training. The injury is not thought to be serious, but the quick turnaround in fixtures is likely to see him miss out to Victor Lindelof, who was an unused substitute in midweek.

The likes of Luke Shaw, Fred and Scott McTominay will be pushing for inclusion once again, while Edinson Cavani will hope to lead the line after Anthony Martial came in for criticism for his performance on Wednesday.

All of Cavani’s first four Premier League goals have come away from Old Trafford – the first Man United player to have done that – while behind him the usually-reliable Bruno Fernandes has now gone four league games without a goal or an assist.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani

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