2021-22 Premier League: Week 14 – Manchester United vs Arsenal

Manchester United welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford in a blockbuster midweek Premier League clash.

Should Tottenham fail to beat Brentford elsewhere, victory would lift Man Utd up to sixth whereas Arsenal can climb to fourth with a win.

 

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Harry Maguire returns for Man Utd after serving an one-match ban in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

Edinson Cavani (tendon) and Luke Shaw (head) are doubts but Raphael Varane (hamstring) and Paul Pogba (quad) remain ruled out.

Arsenal could be without Bukayo Saka after the England international suffered a thigh injury in Saturday’s win over Newcastle.

Granit Xhaka (knee) and Sead Kolasinac (ankle) remain ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Man Utd are winless in their last six league meetings against Arsenal (D3, L3).
  • Arsenal have won just one of their last seven visits to Old Trafford (W1, D4, L2).
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in each of Arsenal’s last two trips to Man Utd.
  • Utd’s last two league goals have been scored in the 50th minute.
  • Arsenal have scored just three goals in six away league matches this season (W2,, D1, L3), keeping clean sheets during both victories.

 

Prediction

With Ralf Rangnick now in charge yet unable to take official charge due to a delay in work visa, it is going to be interesting to see how Man Utd play this game after a sluggish draw at Chelsea in which the defence were slow at times but excellent pressing in attack saved their bacon.

Arsenal meanwhile were certainly made to work hard for their win on Saturday against Newcastle because they were largely wasteful of their chances, yet their clinical touch proved crucial on top of excellent saves produced by Aaron Ramsdale to keep a clean sheet.

Now if both teams are at their best, I can see David De Gea and Ramsdale proving crucial to the result on top of whoever is better at finishing, of which I can see falling Utd’s way with Ronaldo fresh from his substitute appearance on Sunday although a draw is a likely bet.

Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal

Result: Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal

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