Manchester United v Arsenal

18/11/16

Arsene Wenger’s side are winless at Old Trafford for over a decade, their last victory coming in September 2006 when Emmanuel Adebayor scored the only goal. A Danny Welbeck-inspired FA Cup triumph in 2015 somewhat bucked the trend but Old Trafford has not been a happy hunting ground for Arsenal since their famous title win there in 2002.

Nor has Jose Mourinho been an easy opponent for Wenger, who could not even find a way past his managerial rival during Chelsea’s disastrous slump at the start of last season.

But Arsenal’s manager at least enters Saturday’s clash in relatively solid form, unbeaten in 10 league games and within two points of the Premier League summit. Manchester United are six points further back and yet to consistently impress this season. 

TEAM NEWS

Mourinho will be without veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the Swede picked up his fifth booking of the season, while captain Wayne Rooney is struggling with a knee injury. It means Marcus Rashford, who scored twice in this fixture last season, could start.

Also on the sidelines are Eric Bertrand Bailly(knee) and Antonio Valencia (broken arm), while Marouane Fellaini (calf) and Chris Smalling (broken toe) are major doubts.

For Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez has declared himself fit to play at Old Trafford having scored twice in midweek for Chile, despite wearing strapping on his leg. But it’s not all good news for Wenger.

Hector Bellerin is out for four weeks with the ankle injury suffered in the north London derby draw with Tottenham, while Santi Cazorla (Achilles), Danny Welbeck (knee), Lucas Perez (ankle), Per Mertesacker (knee), Chuba Akpom (back) are also out.

Bellerin’s absence could see Carl Jenkinson start at right back.

POSSIBLE STARTING LINE-UPS

Manchester United 4-1-4-1: De Gea; Darmian, Jones, Rojo, Blind; Carrick; Mata, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard; Rashford.

Arsenal 4-2-3-1: Cech; Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Xhaka; Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi; Sanchez

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