Manchester United vs Arsenal
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 4 September 2022
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Old Trafford.
On Sunday in the Premier League, Manchester United welcomes Arsenal to Old Trafford with both teams hoping to keep their winning streaks going.
The first two games of the 2022–23 Premier League season were losses for Erik ten Hag’s team. But Manchester United has made a tremendous comeback, winning three straight games against Liverpool, Southampton, and Leicester City.
The Red Devils are now riding a wave of confidence and momentum, and a victory over Arsenal would do wonders for the team’s morale.
Arsenal, meanwhile, has had a fantastic start to their Premier League season thus far, winning all five of their league contests.
It remains to be seen if the Gunners can grind out a crucial victory at Old Trafford, as Mikel Arteta will expect more of the same from his team.
Arsenal’s perfect start to the Premier League season makes them a contender despite the fact that few would have predicted they would be in the title battle this year.
Arsenal might experience a significant confidence boost and be launched this season with a victory at Old Trafford.
Following a tight victory over Aston Villa, Arsenal enters this match needing to play at their peak against a revitalized Manchester United team.
Last season, the Gunners were defeated 3-2 at Old Trafford; they will look to avenge that loss this time around.
Notably, the north London team has only lost once in the previous six encounters with Manchester United, and they will undoubtedly be confident of winning this match.
Manchester United vs Arsenal Head to head :
- The last two encounters had four or more goals.
- The latest clash had ended in a 3-1 win for the Gunners.
- At this stadium, the latest meeting had ended in a 3-2 win for the hosts.
- Eight of the former nine match-ups at this ground had goals from both teams.
Manchester United vs Arsenal Prediction :
Since both sides are in strong shape going into this match, it should be a tightly contested encounter. However, Arsenal’s midfield choices are limited and they are dealing with a number of fitness difficulties.
Manchester United ought to be able to win this one by capitalizing on Arsenal’s injury woes.
Manchester United have a lot to be optimistic about with Antony potentially making his debut against the Gunners.
They have the momentum on their side and most of their key players are healthy and prepared for this game. Here, a tight home victory is definitely on the cards.
Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal
Manchester United vs Arsenal Team News :
Following the confirmation of his £85.4 million transfer from Ajax, Antony may be available to Ten Hag for the weekend, and Dubravka should take his position on the bench as he gets ready to back up and challenge David de Gea.
In addition to his namesake Anthony Martial, the hosts are also without Facundo Pellistri and Brandon Williams due to injuries, thus Antony will undoubtedly only be given a few minutes as a replacement.
Full-backs Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka missed the victory over Leicester due to minor complaints as well, and they will need to be evaluated in the coming hours, but Diogo Dalot and Tyrell Malacia shouldn’t be in any risk of losing their positions.
It is a luxury for any manager to have Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo available off the bench, but Ten Hag should seriously think about starting the two ex-Real Madrid players, especially after Ronaldo scored both at home and away against the Arsenal last season.
Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal’s midfield are expected to miss a significant amount of time due to thigh problems, which prompted Arsenal’s fruitless search for a new engine room enforcer on deadline day.
Reiss Nelson, a young attacker, will be out for a while. Arteta will also need to evaluate Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard, who both suffered injuries during the midweek victory against Aston Villa.
Emile Smith Rowe is ready to step in should Odegaard’s ankle issue force him to withdraw from the starting lineup despite the fact that Ramsdale managed to play the entire 90 minutes and will presumably be OK to take over in goal.
Albert Sambi Lokonga could keep his spot in the midfield after a strong performance in the middle of the week, while Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has not yet returned to team training after a knee injury, is expected to miss out again.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia; Casemiro, Eriksen; Sancho, Fernandes, Ronaldo; Rashford
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Lokonga; Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli; Jesus