Premier League match today: Following a 1-1 draw against Chelsea, Manchester United will have to face another London giants Arsenal on Thursday night in a crucial Premier League encounter at the Old Trafford stadium.
The Red Devils displayed a poor performance against the league leaders on Sunday but found themselves ahead in the second half through a mistake from Jorginho which was brilliantly pounced on by Jadon Sancho. However, United’s lead didn’t last long as the Blues’ midfielder made amends for his earlier mistake by scoring from the penalty spot.
Premier League match today: Team News
Premier League match today: In terms of team news provided by the club’s website, Harry Maguire will be available for this game after serving his suspension during the weekend. Meanwhile, having missed the previous two games due to head injury, Luke Shaw might be back against the Gunners but will be assessed before the game.
After recovering from Covid-19, Mason Greenwood remained an unused substitute during the weekend and could feature in midweek against the north London club. Edinson Cavani is in doubt after struggling with a tendon problem over the last few weeks. Apart from that, Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane are also out of contention due to injury issues.
Manchester United predicted line-up against Arsenal:
Premier League match today: Michael Carrick omitted Cristiano Ronaldo from the starting lineup against Thomas Tuchel’s side on Sunday and went with 4-4-2 diamond formation. However, after Ralf Rangnick has officially been announced by the club as the interim manager until the end of this season, it will be interesting to see if he will have any influence in the team selection and the tactics against the Gunners, despite not being eligible to manage the squad due to work permit issue.
Meanwhile, it is not clear how the Old Trafford outfit will line up for this encounter but, David De Gea will certainly continue between the sticks, and in front of the Spaniard, the back four should be Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw. Eric Bailly might have to make way for the club captain and Alex Telles could also be benched if Shaw passes the fitness test.
In midfield, it is looking likely that Fred and Scott McTominay will start in the pivot role and Bruno Fernandes will be in the attacking midfield position. After scoring back to back goals in the previous two encounters, Jadon Sancho will also start on the right-wing position and Marcus Rashford should be on the other flank.
After starting on the bench on Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the starting eleven against Mikel Arteta’s side and will lead the line for the Red Devils.
Manchester United predicted line-up against Arsenal(4-2-3-1):
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Fernandes; Sancho, Rashford, Ronaldo
Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal:
Manchester United haven’t enjoyed great success against Mikel Arteta’s side over the past few campaigns and it will not be easy to beat the in-form Gunners team on this occasion as well.