United’s trip to the Emirates was once the stuff of title deciders, or at least two of the top four sides vying for vital points as they pushed for the top spot. Now things are slightly different as the two former Premier League heavyweights resemble something of a punch drunk boxer staggering from one decent result to a disappointing one with the consistency of a latter day Oliver McCall. United have shown signs of improvement under Louis Van Gaal recently with solid performances against the new title VIP’s City and Chelsea even if the brace of games only saw one point on the board.
Arsenal meanwhile have made even United’s defence look positively stingy and while Alexis Sanchez and a certain Mancunian have been giving the Gunners a sharp attacking edge, their back line is more generous than a drunken Santa. Unlike United though, Arsenal have some players who are available for selection in defence, while the Reds are struggling to find anything resembling a back four.
Despite an injured finger playing for Spain, David De Gea should be fit to face the Gunners, which is perhaps the only good news ahead of the game.
Here’s how United could line up today:
[4-3-2-1] David De Gea, Tony Valencia, Chris Smalling, Tyler Blackett, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Angel Di Maria, Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie.
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