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
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.Embed from Getty Images
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.Embed from Getty Images
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.
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.Embed from Getty Images
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.
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.
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.