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United gunning for the third place trophy

Manchester+United+v+Chelsea+Premier+League+QShMn7Uk2ozlThe end of an era. A true legend will no longer grace us with his presence. The corridors of life will feel a little more hollow each week as he slowly becomes a faded memory. A truly spectacular send off for an inspiration to us all. The world is going to miss BB King.

The giants of Crystal Palace did everything they could to honour the late great King yesterday by spoiling the party for a man who has never really appreciated music.

DJs across Merseyside will sleep a little more easily from now on, as do United fans who know that fourth place and Champions League qualification is all but assured for next season.

Sunday’s fixture against Arsenal is an opportunity to keep the partying going this weekend. Many still intoxicated after Saturday’s events at Anfield will be hoping the good times that Ryan Giggs – a true legend of the sport – talked about last season, are finally back. However, looking at the next season’s Premier League market led by, United still have work to do in the transfer window and in their tactical organisation to truly make a tilt at the title next season.

Manchester United team news

A massive blow to United’s team selection is the news that Wayne Rooney will be injured after his thigh injury against Palace last weekend.

Michael Carrick, Rafael and Luke Shaw are out injured, while Marcos Rojo is a doubt, as is Jonny Evans.

One has to wonder whether we’ll ever see Shaw play three games in a row, while Evans’ absence is a blessing in disguise.

Angel Di Maria and Robin Van Persie will be available selection again, although who knows whether they’ll bother turning up or not.

Arsenal team news

Ex United striker Danny Welbeck won’t face his former club after he was ruled out with a knee injury. Unfortunately meaning there won’t be a debate on whether he should have celebrated a goal or not.

However, midfielder Aaron Ramsey should feature despite only returning to training on Friday after a knock.

Key Men

Sunday’s game will be all about pace and counter attacking football. It was the way to beat Arsenal while Ferguson was in charge, while Moyes was in charge and earlier this season it worked a treat.

Therefore pace is the most fundamental part of the tactics on Sunday. This season has seen a focus on possession based football, but the key to beating Arsenal is sacrificing that possession in order to hit them when they over commit.

Ashley Young has been an unlikely hero all season at United, looking like a player who has completely reinvented himself. Angel Di Maria has been less fortunate.

The pace these two players provide out wide will be key in exposing Arsenal’s defensive frailties. Young will have to show the levels of confidence he has in big games, while Di Maria will have to discover the confidence he appears to have left in Madrid.

Predicted starting XI



William Dawson