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Match Preview: Manchester United vs Arsenal

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There is another big game in the Premier League this round, as Manchester United and Arsenal go head-to-head tomorrow evening.

Manchester United will host Arsenal at Old Trafford looking to register only their third win in top-flight English football this season.

The Red Devils have been disappointing in the 2019-20 campaign so far, as they sit in the bottom half of the table with only eight points from six Premier League games.

They suffered a 2-0 defeat to West Ham in their most recent outing in the league and couldn’t beat third-tier side Rochdale in the regular 90 minutes in the Carabao Cup midweek.

Arsenal travel to Old Trafford after three successive wins in all competitions, 3-0 in Frankfurt in the Europa League, 3-2 vs Aston Villa in the EPL last weekend and 5-0 against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup.

The Gunners will have the chance to move up to the third place on the table with a win against their bitter rivals on Monday evening.

Team news

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still dealing with an injury crisis at Old Trafford, with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw being big doubts for the upcoming clash against Arsenal.

There are questions over Paul Pogba’s availability also, as he suffered a swollen ankle in the Carabao Cup clash against Rochdale, while Eric Bailly and Phil Jones definitely will remain on the sidelines.

French striker Alexandre Lacazette is the only Arsenal player ruled out of their trip to Manchester this weekend.

Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos is ready to make his debut appearance in the new season, having fully recovered from a groin problem.

Talk to the press

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has asked for patience in a pre-game interview a few days ago.

“It’s not like the situation we had last year,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “There’s no lack of desire there.

“For us it’s about building a new culture, building a new team, bringing everybody together. Is it the job I expected? Yes. I never said this was going to be a quick-fix job. It’s step after step after step.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day. We need time, and the attitude of the boys has been great. [We must] keep working on improving the understanding and relationships between all players, and the style we want to play.”

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery is fully aware of the Manchester United vs Arsenal rivalry from the past two decades.

“It’s an amazing moment, an amazing match between these two teams in the past, the present and the future,” he said according to Sky.

“Each match when I watched in Spain, Arsenal v Manchester United, Manchester United v Arsenal, was a special moment. I think Monday at eight o’clock, all around the world, if someone wants to watch a football match, it’s this one.

“We really want to play matches where we can do something important. We are preparing well. The players are wishing to play the next match – we know it’s a very big opportunity for us to get three points.”

Stats

Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League games against Arsenal at Old Trafford (W8 D4 L0) since a 1-0 defeat in September 2006.

Arsenal are aiming to win consecutive league matches against Manchester United for the first time since 2006-07.

The Gunners, however, have won just three of 27 Premier League visits at Old Trafford – all of them by a 1-0 scoreline.

Man United lost their last home league game against a London club (1-2 vs Crystal Palace). They’ve not lost consecutive home games against sides from the capital since December 2001.

The Red Devils have lost three of their last six Premier League home games – as many as they had in their previous 52 at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer’s side could fail to reach double figures in points after seven matches of a top-flight season for the first time since 1989-90. United finished in 13th back then.

Manchester United have been awarded four penalties since the start of the season, the most of all teams in the Premier League. Arsenal, on the other hand, have conceded the most (three).