Manchester United vs Arsenal: Premier League H2H, Team News & Predicted Line-ups

Midweek Premier League action concludes at Old Trafford with a blockbuster fixture between Manchester United and Arsenal.

Despite their similar situations on paper, the two differ noticeably in form of late, with the Red Devils heading into proceedings in the midst of a rough patch.

Man United held Premier League leaders Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday despite facing a staggering 24 shots on goal while attempting just six in return.

However, after racking up just one victory across their last eight league outings, the three-time European champions are five points off the top-four pace. 

It will be up to the renowned strategist Ralf Rangnick to fashion United’s comeback as he gears up for his delayed Old Trafford arrival.

While waiting for the German to gain the work permit, caretaker boss Michael Carrick will continue to pull the strings from the dugout.

Standing in the Englishman’s way will be Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side that have undergone quite a renaissance following a dreadful start to the new Premier League season. 

After starting the season with three defeats in a row, not even the most enthusiastic Gunners’ supporters could’ve dreamed about their side returning in the top-four race.

But in just over two months, Arsenal have developed from the Premier League scapegoats into realistic top-four challengers, currently sitting level on points with fourth-placed West Ham.

The North Londoners claimed a comfortable 2-0 win over rock-bottom Newcastle United over the weekend, bouncing back from an embarrassing 4-0 away defeat to Liverpool two weeks ago. 

Manchester United vs Arsenal Head-to-Head

Carrick’s next task in interim charge of Man United will be to snap the Red Devils’ frustrating three-game goal duck versus familiar foes in a desperate attempt to avoid setting an unwanted club record.

Indeed, the Old Trafford outfit have won none of their last six Premier League encounters against Arsenal (D3, L3) and face the risk of going winless in seven consecutive top-flight H2Hs for the first time in history.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half penalty handed the Gunners a narrow 1-0 win in this exact fixture back in November 2020, putting them in a spot to claim back-to-back Premier League triumphs at Old Trafford for the first time since February 1979.

Manchester United Team News

Man United will be without the World Cup winners with France, Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba, with the duo facing lengthy spells on the sidelines.

Luke Shaw is also ruled out with head trauma, meaning Alex Telles is likely to start in the left-back. 

With Pogba out of the picture, Donny van de Beek could stake his claim for a starting berth under the new manager, having experienced a nightmarish time under the now ex-boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Dutch midfielder has started to climb up the pecking order lately and could be in contention for the starting line-up, especially in the wake of Bruno Fernandes’ form wobble. 

The under-fire captain Harry Maguire is back in the mix after serving a one-match suspension at Stamford Bridge, while Edinson Cavani is still in doubt.

Arsenal Team News

Other than long-term absentees Sead Kolasican and Granit Xhaka, Arsenal picked up a fresh injury concern over the weekend as Bukayo Saka limped off the pitch against Newcastle.

Only a few minutes after breaking the deadlock at the Emirates, the England international felt a muscle pain, forcing Gabriel Martinelli into action. 

Aubameyang could be holding the keys to unlocking Man United’s defence, with his last two Premier League away goals coming at Old Trafford. 

Against this backdrop, the Gabonese superstar has registered each of his four top-flight strikes this term on home turf.

Manchester United vs Arsenal Predicted Line-ups

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles; Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek; Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Cristiano Ronaldo.

Arsenal (4-4-1-1): Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel, Nuno Tavares; Gabriel Martinelli, Thomas Partey, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Emile Smith Rowe; Alexandre Lacazette; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.