Manchester United and Arsenal will clash it out in a fixture that will be a statement opportunity for both sides.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company have been facing the brunt of criticism for a long time now and a game like this is the precise chance for the Norwegian gaffer to turn the fortunes of the Red Devils.
The Gunners, on the other hand, must not get complacent about United’s relatively poor form and put up a staunch display.
Here’s how the two sides are likely to lineup for the Old Trafford fixture:
Injuries will be the big concern on Solskjaer’s mind as his list of absentees shows no sign of releasing crucial figures.
In addition to continuing woes to Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and even Paul Pogba who made a return versus Rochdale, further, concerns will now also keep out Phil Jones, Angel Gomes, and Diogo Dalot from the game while Luke Shaw’s fitness is on the fence.
Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah remain absentees, although the latter is back in training.
Solskjaer indicated that Mason Greenwood could start against the Gunners in what will be the teenager’s biggest test yet after scoring in both the games where he was trusted to start so far.
Goalkeeper: De Gea
Defenders: Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Young
Midfielders: McTominay, Fred
Forwards: Pereira, Mata, James; Greenwood
The away side will likely be without Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith-Rowe due to injuries while Ainsley Maitland-Niles will miss the trip to Manchester due to his suspension.
Similar to Solskjaer, Unai Emery may also be looking at some of his youth options as possible risks to be taken ahead of the crucial fixture.
Unlike the Red Devils, Arsenal is sitting outside of the top-four in a position wherein they are well within the points to make it back into the slot and will be looking to put up a strong pursuit for the same.
Defenders: Chambers, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac
Midfielders: Guendouzi, Xhaka
Forwards: Pepe, Ceballos, Saka; Aubameyang