Manchester United and Arsenal are set to meet at Old Trafford in under an hour’s time.
We head into this evening’s fixtures eight points behind the in-form Gunners who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot.
Unai Emery’s side are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League matches, winning nine, including the 4-2 beating of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The two teams for this evening’s match are as follows:
David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian; Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera; Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial
Substitutes: Sergio Romero, Antonio Valencia, Scott McTominay, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku
Paul Pogba drops to the bench as we predicted earlier following reports that Jose Mourinho was angry at him for his performance in the 2-2 draw at Southampton on Saturday.
The boss has handed a start to Eric Bailly for the first time in two months. The Ivorian appears to be part of a back five that also sees Marcos Rojo makes his first start of the season. Diogo Dalot makes his full Premier League debut for us with Ashley Young suspended. Luke Shaw picked up an injury at St Mary’s over the weekend so Matteo Darmian comes in at left-back.
Nemanja Matic moves back into his holding midfield role alongside the energetic Ander Herrera, with both Scott McTominay and Marouane Fellaini joining Pogba on the bench.
Marcus Rashford is recalled to the starting XI as Romelu Lukaku is only named among the substitutes. The England international will be joined by Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial in attack.
Bernd Leno; Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Rob Holding; Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac; Aaron Ramsey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alex Iwobi
Substitutes: Petr Cech, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eddie Nketiah, Alexandre Lacazette
No surprises in the Arsenal starting lineup. The back three remains the same that beat Spurs at the weekend, though they’ve not kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven Premier League outings, ever since Bernd Leno replaced Petr Cech between the sticks.
Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi will start in attack with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the main focus. Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to score against Spurs on Sunday and that’s where he will start this evening’s game too.
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