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United v Arsenal preview

Date Added: November 18, 2016 08:57:47 PM
Author: David
Category: Teams: UEFA: England
Manchester United will face Arsenal on Saturday but the Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to miss this game.

The ex PSG striker is suspended due to his fifth yellow card, which he received against Swansea at the start of the month.

On the other hand, manager Jose Mourinho will be back after being suspended for one game because he swore to a match official during the break of United's goalless draw against Burnley.

For the Gunners, Arsene Wenger will have to face the psychological challenge of not winning a single game against Mourinho in the Premier League. On top of that, Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez is doubtful due to injury. Sanchez scored twice against Uruguay in World Cup qualifying this Tuesday. Arsenal's docs will have to check on him again before deciding whether he's fit or not to play this game.

Manchester United are planning to use Wayne Rooney. The player had a small scandal this week after photos appeared of him partying late while on International duty. He later appologized. He didn't appear in England's 2-2 draw against Spain. He also seems to have picked up a minor knee injury and is currently undergoing treatment.

The home team will miss centre-backs Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly due to injury. Antonio Valencia and Luke show are also doubtful for the match.

For the away team Spanish full back Hector Bellerin is injured for one more month while Santi Cazorla is doubtful. Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez are also missing due to various injuries.

Stats seem to be on United's side. They have only lost one of their last Premier League games against Arsenal, a 3-0 defeat away almost one year ago. If you're betting on this game, you can use William Hill's offer as a safe bet against United losing - it rarely happens against Arsenal at Old Trafford even before you take Mourinho's record into consideration.

Against Arsene Wenger, United manager Jose Mourinho is unbeaten in all his Premier League games, with a performance of five victories and six draw.

If Manchester United will lose on Saturday, it will be their worst start of the season, on par with the 2004-2005 one when they ended third.

Rooney has three goals to go to top Sir Bobby Charlton as United's top goalscorer ever.

On the other side, Petr Cech has a total of six league clean sheets against Manchester United while Arsenal is the only team in the Premier League not to trail away from home.

Line-ups (possible):

Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Jones, Rojo, Blind; Carrick; Mata, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard; Rashford.

Arsenal: Cech; Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Xhaka; Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi; Sanchez.

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