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Predicted Man Utd line-up (4-3-1-2) vs Arsenal, Ronaldo and Maguire return

Manchester United will be aiming to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they host rivals Arsenal on Thursday.

The Red Devils have been in a dismal run of league form, having picked up only five points from the previous eight matches.

Despite this, they should go into the Gunners clash with some confidence after a hard-fought 1-1 draw at leaders Chelsea.

The Red Devils have a terrific league record against the Gunners at home. They have suffered just one defeat over the past 14 years.

Michael Carrick is set to continue as the temporary manager with new interim boss Ralf Rangnick yet to receive his UK work permit.

The club need to pick up maximum points to stay in the top-four race. They are already five points adrift and can’t afford to lose further ground.

Formation: 4-3-3

Predicted Line-up:

David de Gea has been the club’s undisputed choice in goal this term, and he has proved his worth with multiple stand-out performances.

The Spaniard has single-handedly won several games for United.

He caught the eye last weekend with a superb one-on-one save to deny Callum Hudson-Odoi. The 31-year-old is expected to start.

In defence, a change is likely with captain Harry Maguire due to return to the starting line-up.

The England international is available after his one-match domestic suspension, and he could replace Eric Bailly in central defence.

Victor Lindelof appears set to partner him while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Alex Telles seem likely to continue in the full-back positions.

Luke Shaw has not featured since his head injury against Watford. Having missed back-to-back games, Telles may get the nod at left-back even if he is deemed fit.

Carrick received criticism from some fans after choosing to play three defensive-minded midfielders against Chelsea.

The move worked with good effect with Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay acting as the holding midfielders while Fred played in a slightly advanced role.

Fred’s performance was lauded by some fans, and the Brazilian has the chance to carry on with another stand-out showing.

Barring the Villarreal game last month, Bruno Fernandes has generally been a guaranteed starter from the number 10 role, and it should be the case tomorrow.

Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho lined up in attack against the Blues.

The latter pounced on a mistake from Jorginho in the centre circle before bagging his maiden league goal for the club.

He should keep his place, and it could be Rashford making way for Cristiano Ronaldo to return to the starting XI.

Ronaldo has fond memories of facing the north London club with six goals and two assists from 15 meetings.

He scored one of his best career goals against them with a stunning 40-yard free-kick, and should relish the challenge tomorrow.

How Man Utd could line up against Arsenal

Stats from Transfermarkt.com.

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