Manchester United v Arsenal:

4TH PLACE DERBY?

Manchester United v Arsenal:

4TH PLACE DERBY

MANCHESTER UNITED VS ARSENAL

The two teams that missed out from the greatest honour of club football last year are set to play each other for the first team this season. Both oversaw huge changes in the club structure during the summer with Edu joining Arsenal as Technical director while Manchester United acquiring Class of 92 hero Nicky Butt as the head of the first team development.

Both with an up and down start of the season, both look to forget about last season and finish in the top four to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Additions such as Nicolas Pepe and Harry McGuire are certainly of help to achieve the aforementioned position.

Match Overview
The game will be played in Old Trafford at 8:00 pm on Monday 30th September 2019. You can watch the game on TSN2. 

Manchester United
Having started the season with a huge victory of 4-0 against the other top 4 rivals, Chelsea, their supporters high hopes were immediately dashed as a winless run of three games against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Crystal Palace and Southampton put doubts on their game play once again.

Having had their hopes back again when they beat Leicester City thanks to a Marcus Rashford penalty, and a win against Astana, Manchester United lost 2-0 against West Ham, which deepens their problems. Can they turn a corner against Arsenal ?

Arsenal
After credible wins against Newcastle and Burnley, Arsenal lost to Liverpool 3-1, which was a totally acceptable defeat due to the juggernaut of a team they are right now. Their next game against Tottenham Hotspur was a reminder that Arsenal are their for the taking this season after 0going 2-0 down they definitely deserved to win the game, however a result of 2-2- is good for their top 4 hopes.

Their hopes were slighly dashed in the form of a second half capitulation against Watford, were Arsenal were leading 2-0. Arsenal has bounced back with back to back wins against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League then a impressive 3-2 with 10 men against Aston Villa after being down for a large portion of the game.

Players Watch
New signing Daniel James has lighted up the premier league since his debut in August together with Pierre Emerick Aubumeyang whose goals has led his team to the 4th place.

Daniel James
The 18 million pounds signing from Championship club Swansea City had his ups and downs this season, with his diving exploits however, paid the support back with his magnificent goals which earned his side a point against Southampton to put help his side to be in a position to fight for the fourth position early in the season. The Welsh winger came close to becoming the first Manchester United to score in his first three games at Old Trafford.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
The Gabonese Striker ended last season joint top scorer with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane on 22 goals. With 5 goals in his opening 5 games the lethal striker is showing that he will be challenging for the golden boot again. Part of a new look attack made up of Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe with Dani Ceballos’s creativity behind them. With Alexandre Lacazette out until the end of September, Arsenal will rely on their number fourteen to create and score the opportunities set up from the young midfield. 

Head to Head
This fixture never stops delivering with memorable fixtures especially when Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson used to be the managers. Will this one deliver? We are 100% Sure.

Since the inception of football in England Manchester United won the most head 2 head with 99 games while the two sides drew 48 games. Arsenal won 83 games.

 

Last 5 games
10 Mar 2019 – Arsenal v Manchester United – 2-0 – Premier League

25 Jan 2019 – Arsenal v Manchester United – 1-3 – FA Cup

05 Dec 2018 – Manchester United v Arsenal – 2-2 – Premier League

29 Apr 2018 – Manchester United v Arsenal – 2-1 – Premier League

02 Dec 2017 – Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United – Premier League

Managers Watch
Wth Unai Emery taking over the legendary Arsene Wenger from last year he will have more experience then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who took over last December after a short stint as a manager of Cardiff City where he got relegated.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole has been on the wheel of a fast running car for the first eight games, six in the league and two in the FA Cup. However, after winning 14 games out of his first 19 games, the Baby Face Assassin failed to win 6 games from the last 9 league games finishing sixth in the Premier League.

Unai Emery
Last year was nothing special but also not bad for a new incoming manager in the Premier League. With a lost final in Baku against Chelsea in the Europa League Arsenal sealed their faith last season. A third year without Champions League football after losing 3 games out of their last 4 games in the season too.

Predictions
The signing of Harry McGuire and Aaron Wan Bissaka has sorted the Manchester United defence, however, will it hold Arsenal’s attack? On the other hand, Arsenal face problems of their own in the defence.

We will go with a 1-1 draw and who knows maybe both Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Daniel James are in the scoresheet. 

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