Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs. Arsenal

Venue: Old Trafford – Sunday, May 17th – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Man United 6/4 – Draw 23/10 – Arsenal 7/4

Match Preview

Manchester United entertain Arsenal on Sunday in a showdown fixture in the battle for third place. United are currently fourth on 68 points. Arsenal are two points ahead in third but have played a game less. If the Gunners win this one they cannot be caught by United and will therefore guarantee a top three finish.

United come into the game off the back of a 2-1 win away at Crystal Palace which ended their three game losing streak.

Louis Van Gaal’s men have all but secured Champions League football for next season but will do everything possible to avoid the burden of the qualifying rounds for finishing fourth, and a win against Arsenal would help them on their way to a top three finish.

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Arsene Wenger has added importance to the tie and is hoping to ensure his side avoid the Champions League qualifiers early next season.

Arsenal come into this after suffering a shock defeat at home to Swansea City on Monday night which was their first loss in ten games.

The Gunners haven’t won at Old Trafford in the Premier League since 2006 and will be hoping to put an end to that run.

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This game has the potential to be a classic and with so much at stake for both clubs it will be interesting to see how it all unfolds.

United fans will expect a result in their final home game of the campaign but Arsenal have already won there this season in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, though the Red Devils did win the reverse league fixture at the Emirates by the same scoreline.

Team News

United have suffered a huge blow as captain, Wayne Rooney, is set to miss out. Louis Van Gaal’s side have the longest injury list in the league with the likes of Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Rafael all set to miss out. Robin Van Persie could be in line to start against his former club but is currently unwell so his situation will be monitored over the weekend.

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Arsenal have three injury concerns ahead of this one as Danny Welbeck, Mathieu Debuchy and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all ruled out. Wenger could be set to make a few changes after Monday’s performance against Swansea, but given that was a shock result he will not want to upset the balance of his side ahead of such a big game.

Key Points

Manchester United’s last five: W/L/L/L/W

Arsenal’s last five: W/W/D/W/L

Key Stat: It has been nine years since Wenger’s side won a league game at Old Trafford and he has a great chance to put that trend to bed this weekend.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal’s goal-machine has the chance to stamp his mark on the Old Trafford faithful after a superb first season in England.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 2-2 Arsenal – A fixture which rarely fails to disappoint will live up to expectation this weekend. United’s injury woes will hamper their chances of winning and Wenger will not let his side blow their third spot easily. Expect goals but the shares may be spoiled with little to separate them.

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Spurs will not allow another Bale style exit for £45m-rated United target

Tottenham Hotspur are set to reject any attempts Manchester United make to sign their prolific striker, Harry Kane, according to the London Evening Standard.

Kane has impressed this season as he became the first Spurs player to net 30 goals in a campaign since Gary Lineker in 1992.

He picked up the PFA Young Player of the Year award and was a nominee for the senior accolade too, missing out to Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

United’s reported wish-list of summer targets increases on a daily basis, with Kane one of many forwards they are interested in. With the likes of Edinson Cavani, Karim Benzema and Alexandre Lacazette also being tracked, Kane is in good company after being regarded as one of the top goalscorers in Europe.

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Louis Van Gaal’s revamp of his United side is expected to make this a busy transfer period once again and a goalscorer is at the top of his list, with the injury stricken Robin Van Persie and flop, Radamel Falcao, expected to leave the club this summer.

Youth seems to be a popular option for Van Gaal who is clearly looking to build for the future and the signing of Memphis Depay could spur others to follow.

Kane would be an ideal signing for any English club looking for an out-and-out goalscorer as he fits the quota for regulations to have English players in the squad.

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Spurs will need to break the trend of selling their best assets if they are to keep hold of Kane, with the likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Dimitar Berbatov all having left the club for big money in the past.

It has been another season of disappointment for Spurs fans after once again missing out on Champions League football and losing the League Cup final too. They will need to keep Kane and bring in some new faces to challenge for the top four next season.

Will Spurs be able to keep hold of Harry Kane? Do they need to avoid continually selling their best players?

Should Spurs consider a move for this former Arsenal hero?

Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie looks set to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season and Spurs should consider a move for the Dutch striker.

The 31-year-old former Arsenal star has one year left on his current United deal and Louis Van Gaal is ready to cash in on him now, rather than letting him leave for free at the end of next season.

United chief Ed Woodward will listen to offers for Van Persie and will sell to whoever is willing to pay the most for his services, according to the Daily Star, and so Tottenham would have the green light to make a move should they wish.

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With both Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado misfiring, their time at White Hart Lane is surely drawing to a close, and both have been linked with moves away from the club this summer.

Harry Kane has burst onto the scene and netted his 30th goal of the season at Newcastle on Sunday, but Spurs can’t afford to rely solely on the England youngster to fire them to success.

An experienced head is needed, and one with Premier League experience would be ideal so that a Soldado-type flop doesn’t happen again.

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Van Persie ticks both of those boxes, and he is suited to playing as a lone striker – the system Mauricio Pochettino uses at Spurs.

His Arsenal history would leave some fans skeptical, but Spurs fans would love to have a former Gunner arrive and fire them back into top four contention after another season looks set to end in disappointment on that front.

Loyalty to Arsenal is clearly not at the top of Van Persie’s agenda as he jumped ship to Premier League rivals United and helped them win the title in his first season, scoring 26 league goals in 38 appearances.

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Injuries didn’t affect him that year but they have been an issue for large chunks of it at Arsenal and now at United as he has missed the last two months with an ongoing ankle problem.

The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Juventus, as well as a return to Dutch side Feyenoord but if Spurs want him, then now is the time to make a move.

Would Robin Van Persie be a good signing for Spurs? Where should he go if he leaves Manchester United this summer?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Chelsea vs. Manchester United 

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Saturday, April 18th – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Chelsea 1/1 – Draw 12/5 – Manchester United 11/4

Match Preview

Chelsea host Manchester United on Saturday evening in the standout fixture in the Premier League this weekend as they look to take one more step towards their first title since 2010.

The Blues endured a tough game last weekend against Queens Park Rangers, stealing all three points in the final knockings of the game through Cesc Fabregas, and are still seven points clear at the top of the table.

Manchester United will be absolutely buzzing ahead of this one though, and will be full of confidence after their demolition of rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford last Sunday.

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Louis Van Gaal’s team are coming good and things are really kicking into place as they have won six on the bounce as things certainly look to be back on the up for United.

United are probably one of the last teams Chelsea will want to face at this stage of the season and this is a must win for Jose Mourinho ahead of the following week’s game against title rivals, Arsenal, at the Emirates.

The earlier meeting in the season between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw and United haven’t beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since 2012.

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Van Gaal’s side are in fine form though and this is the strongest United side to face Chelsea since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

This could be a pivotal game in the race for the title and Mourinho will not want to give the chasing pack any hope that his side can be caught.

Team News

Chelsea will be without goal-machine, Diego Costa, who also missed out in the reverse fixture, but Loic Remy could return after missing out last weekend too. Those are Chelsea’s only two injury concerns as the squad is in good shape. Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic will need to be on high-alert once again after escaping last weekend without a yellow card. If either of the midfielders picks one up here they will miss the clash with Arsenal the following week.

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Manchester United have just three injury concerns to Michael Carrick, Robin van Persie and Luke Shaw to deal with, but all three players could be set to return to the squad this weekend. Jonny Evans remains banned and we can expect a key performance from former Chelsea man, Juan Mata. The Spaniard has hit fine form and is scoring important goals, and he will have a point to prove against his former employers.

Key Points

Chelsea’s last five: W/D/W/W/W

Manchester United’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 16 home league matches at Stamford Bridge and it will take a lot for United to end that run on Sunday afternoon.

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Key Player: Juan Mata – United’s player of the moment is on fire, scoring in their wins over Liverpool and Manchester City as he looks to be back to his very best and Chelsea could be on the receiving end of his supreme talent this weekend.

Score Prediction

Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United – Chelsea to just edge over the line once again as they have done so many times this season. Mourinho will want a tidy and tight performance from his side but the United machine is moving at full pace, so they will be very hard to stop.

Manchester United preparing €78m move for two world-class stars – report

Manchester United are reportedly preparing a massive £57 million double bid for Paris Saint-Germain duo Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani as Louis Van Gaal looks to further strengthen his side this summer, according to the Sunday People.

Van Gaal expects more big names to arrive at Old Trafford in the coming months with the Red Devils on the verge of securing a place in next season’s Champions League after six straight Premier League wins.

PSG striker, Cavani has been linked with a switch to United for some time now and this summer could be the perfect time to swoop, with attacking reinforcements one of Van Gaal’s priorities.

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Radamel Falcao’s loan move is not set to be made permanent, while Robin Van Persie is set to leave and could be one of four players offered as bait in United’s transfer moves.

The Dutch forward is deemed as surplus to requirements and could be offered to clubs along with fellow striker Javier Hernandez, right-back Rafael and winger Nani.

Cavani has had to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG since joining from Napoli in 2013 in a deal worth around £50 million, and could be tempted with a move to the Premier League with United.

His PSG teammate Thiago Silva is also being targeted by United as the 30-year-old Brazil international could follow Cavani to Old Trafford in a huge double move.

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The powerful centre-back is being lined up by Van Gaal as an alternative option to German defender Mats Hummels if the Dortmund star is unable to be signed.

The Red Devil’s will offer £57 million to the Ligue 1 giants in the hope of bringing both players to Old Trafford, while Van Persie could be offered as part of any deal.

Would Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva be good signings for Manchester United? Who should be the priority signing of the two?

Manchester United looking to beat Chelsea in race for £30m Inter star

Manchester United have joined a host of Premier League clubs in the race for Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, according to Fichajes.

The 22-year-old Argentine striker looks likely to leave Inter this summer after turning down a £2 million-a-year offer from the Serie A club.

Jose Mourinho is known to be an admirer of Icardi and he has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but United could look to swoop as Louis Van Gaal looks to rebuild his attack this summer.

Radamel Falcao is unlikely to be signed on a permanent basis after failing to live up to expectations in his loan spell from AS Monaco this season, while Robin Van Persie could also be off.

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That will mean the Red Devils need to bring in strikers, and Icardi could be an exciting addition if United can meet Inter’s valuation of £30 million and beat Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City to his services.

Icardi wants a £2.2 million-a-year contract at Inter, a total that equals around £40,000 per week, so a move to Old Trafford looks more than possible if the player fails to reach an agreement with his current club.

Icardi has netted 15 goals with four assists in 27 Serie A appearances this season could join up with fellow Argentina internationals Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria with a move to United.

Would Mauro Icardi be a good signing for Manchester United?

United set to beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool to £60m striker

Manchester United are lining up a £60 million bid for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani this summer, and will try to beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool to his signature, according to the Daily Star.

Louis Van Gaal is reportedly prepared to offload Robin Van Persie to make room for yet another marquee signing and Cavani could be the man to help fire them back to the top next season.

If Van Gaal is to offload both Van Persie and misfiring Radamel Falcao, the Star claims they will have £460,000-a-week in wages to spare.

This would give them the leverage to pay Cavani the £300,000-a-week United bosses are apparently prepared to pay the 28-year-old striker to lure him to Old Trafford.

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Cavani is reported to be unsettled at PSG and has stated he could move on from the French champions this summer.

“For now I think only about finishing the season well here and give my best for the club that pays me.

“In Paris, I’m fine, but in football you never know what can happen in the future.”

Cavani has not featured in his preferred striker role enough as he would like with the French giants, playing second-fiddle to key man Zlatan Ibrahimovic since his £55m move from Napoli in 2013.

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Despite being played out of position at PSG, Cavani has an impressive 43 goals in 84 games for the club but has failed to live up to the levels which earned him the move from Napoli, where he scored 104 goals in 138 games.

The Uruguayan could prove to be a formidable strike partner for United captain Wayne Rooney next year – an attacking duo clubs all over Europe would fear.

Should Manchester United make a move for Edinson Cavani? Is he what they need? 

Louis Van Gaal ready to offload £24m star this summer

There have been no end to transfer rumours surrounding Manchester United as Louis Van Gaal is expected to revamp his squad again this summer. Robin Van Persie is the latest star to be linked with a move away from the club, according to the Daily Star.

Van Persie’s contract expires at the end of next season and the club appear to have made no advances to secure the Dutchman to a new deal. After another injury-stricken season and a lack of game time, it looks like his time is up with the club.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed Van Persie from Arsenal back in 2012 for £24 million. He scored 30 goals in his debut season for the Red Devils, practically securing the club’s 20th Premier League title single-handedly.

He then scored 18 goals under David Moyes last season but has seen his goalscoring exploits decrease further this year, with just ten in 25 appearances – his worst games-per-goal tally for seven seasons.

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United haven’t missed the 31-year-old during his latest six-week injury stint, winning five consecutive games and are currently sitting in third place ahead of Manchester City, who they face in the Manchester derby on Sunday.

Van Persie is expected to be out of the game at Old Trafford against City this Sunday and out of the exit doors for good this summer, with Edison Cavani one of the names linked to the club as a replacement for the Dutchman.

The 31-year-old forward is believed to be keen on a return to Holland and could join back up with Eredivisie side Feyenoord, who he joined as a 15 year old.

Will Robin Van Persie leave Manchester United this summer? Does he deserve a new contract?

FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Arsenal

Competition: FA Cup Quarter-Final – Manchester United vs Arsenal

Venue: Old Trafford – Monday 9th March – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Man United 7/5 – Draw 5/2 – Arsenal 19/10

Match Preview

Arsenal travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the final FA Cup quarter-final tie of the weekend on Monday night. With both sides fighting for a top four spot in the league, this tie acts as a happy distraction.

We’re expecting both Louis Van Gaal and Arsene Wenger to deploy full-strength sides as they both pursue the trophy. But both will be wary that any cup run must not affect their league form with just 10 games left.

Manchester United are the favorites heading into this one having won their last six meetings with Arsenal at Old Trafford in all competitions.

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With United not playing in Europe this season there really is no excuse for them finishing outside the top four. And with the size of the club, United should be challenging on all fronts.

This is the furthest the Red Devils have got in the FA Cup for four seasons and both sides know that a place at Wembley is in line for whoever can advance to the semi-finals.

But with the injury to Robin Van Persie, are United strong enough to beat an Arsenal side that has won ten of their last twelve in all competitions?

Holders Arsenal will see this as a free hit. With a poor record at Old Trafford over the years (including an 8-2 drubbing in 2011), Arsenal are the underdogs in this tie.

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Arsenal haven’t beaten Manchester United since May 2011, and will do well to break that run on Monday night in what will be a tough game, though a draw would earn the Gunners a replay at the Emirates.

Both sides boast some great attacking players, but can both be fragile defensively, so we’re expecting goals.

This will be the fourteenth FA Cup meeting between the two sides but Manchester United have dominated the most recent ties, winning the last two at Old Trafford without conceding a goal.

Team News

Manchester United: Luke Shaw (hamstring) and Robin Van Persie (ankle) are ruled out. Jonny Evans starts his six-match suspension so Phil Jones is likely to fill in at centre-back alongside Chris Smalling. Wayne Rooney is likely to continue playing as a striker in the absence of Van Persie.

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Arsenal: Jack Wilshere (ankle), Mikel Arteta (ankle), Mathieu Flamini (hamstring), Mathieu Debuchy (shoulder) and Abou Diaby (calf) are all out. Gabriel Paulista (hamstring) is a doubt while Wojciech Szczesny and Nacho Monreal will face late fitness tests.Aaron Ramsey could return to the starting lineup while Olivier Giroud is set to play as the lone striker once again.

Key Points

Manchester United’s last five in all competitions: W/W/L/W/W

Arsenal’s last five in all competitions: W/W/L/W/W

Key Stat: Arsenal haven’t beaten Manchester United in the FA Cup in normal time since February 2003.

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Key Player: Santi Cazorla – Since being deployed in a more central role, Cazorla has been sensational. Expect him to be key on Monday night.

Score Prediction

Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal – We’re expecting a high scoring affair and an instant classic that could set the tone for both teams going into the final stretch of the season. Home advantage should see United edge it.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs Sunderland

Venue: Old Trafford – Saturday, February 28th – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester United 4/11 – Draw 18/5 – Sunderland 8/1

Match Preview

Manchester United and Sunderland face-off on Saturday afternoon in a match which could have huge implications on where each team finishes come the end of the Premier League season.

United are looking to get their top four push back on track whereas Sunderland are looking for a win to steer clear of the bottom three as they are just three points above the relegation zone.

The Red Devils are coming off a disappointing league defeat away at Swansea last time out and will be hoping for an immediate reaction, especially after Louis Van Gaal’s comments last week that Manchester United are the best team in England. Last week they were second best in South Wales and need to pick back up again.

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Old Trafford is going to need to be rocking as Manchester United can’t afford anymore slip-ups in their quest for Champions League football with just four points separating third and seventh. United sit in fourth and need to make sure they remain in the top four for the remainder of the season if they are to get back into Europe’s elite competition.

Manchester United’s Premier League home record: Played 13 – Won 10 – Drawn 1 – Lost 2

Sunderland on the other hand are languishing in 16th at the wrong end of the table. The Black Cats are hoping to get a second win at Old Trafford in a row after last season’s 1-0 win which kept them in the Premier League as they confirmed their safety in their third to last game.

Sunderland’s Premier League away record: Played 12 – Won 2 –Drawn 6 – Lost 4

A 0-0 draw at home to West Brom last weekend wouldn’t of done the team any favours and that stalemate took their draw tally for the season to a staggering 13.

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The reverse fixture at the Stadium of Light earlier this season saw both teams play out a 1-1 draw, with Jack Rodwell scoring after Juan Mata had given United the lead.

Team News

The bad news for United is that Robin Van Persie, who suffered an injury at Swansea last week, is not back until April. But Manchester United have terrific talent in the forward positions to come in with the likes of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney waiting in the wings. Michael Carrick will also miss out with a calf strain.

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Gus Poyet doesn’t have too many injury concerns ahead of the trip to Manchester and can call on most his troops to try and surprise United and further inflict damage on their Champions League ambitions while increasing their own position in the Premier League. Emmanuel Giaccherini is expected to miss the rest of the campaign with an ankle injury while Jack Rodwell, Billy Jones and Will Buckley are all doubts for this weekend’s game.

Key Points

Manchester United’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/D/W/L

Sunderland’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/D/L/D

Key Stat: The last time the two teams played out a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford was in April 2006. Expect goals.

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Key Player: David De Gea – The Spanish goalkeeper has made over 70 saves this season (more than any other ‘keeper in the top six) and will be expecting to add to his seven clean-sheets in Saturday’s game at Old Trafford.

Score Prediction

Manchester United 3-0 Sunderland – United to bounce back to winning ways with a comfortable victory in front of their own fans. Sunderland have not been good lately and will not be able to escape the dangers of relegation this week.