Manchester United vs Arsenal. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more
The centrepiece of Matchday 14 will be the old good clash against two big rivals. Will Michael Carrick disappoint the Gunners before the arrival of Ralf Rangnick?
Manchester United News & Current Form:
Manchester United hold an eighth place in the English Premier League table after 13 games played. The Red Devils currently have 18 under the belt.
Earlier this week, as expected, Man Utd announced the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim coach until the end of the season.
However, the German will not be in charge of the team in the next game. Rangnick has not yet received a visa to work in Great Britain. It is possible that the matter will only be resolved by mid-December.
Therefore, for the time being, MU will continue to play under Michael Carrick, who took over as acting head coach following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Manchester United FC beat Villarreal 2-0 for the second time in a row last week to clinch an early qualification to the Champions League play-offs. Three wins and a draw earned them 10 points, as well as first place in the table.
The team’s performance in the League Cup ended badly, with West Ham of London becoming an insurmountable barrier.
In the Premiership, the team got off to a good start but eventually lost concentration completely, leading to relegation from the Eurocup zone. In the last five rounds, the Mancunians have beaten Tottenham 3-0 and lost three times. They drew 1-1 away to Chelsea in the last round, which was a rather surprising result as they were notably weaker than their opponents, who created enough chances to win.
Arsenal News & Current Form:
Arsenal, meanwhile, stand in fifth place after with 23 points.
After three defeats at the start, Arsenal have a strong unbeaten run, which was interrupted at the end of last month by Liverpool (0-4). But even in that game, despite the result, the visitors did produce some decent football at times.
In the last five rounds, the Gunners have lost once and had four successes against Aston Villa (3-1), Leicester (2-0), Watford (1-0) and Newcastle (2-0). Thus, the Red-Whites have suffered only one defeat in the previous 12 games.
We cannot ignore the team’s worst result so far in the top seven in terms of defensive quality, with 17 conceded goals, which is better overall than that of United, who have conceded 22.
Kolasinac, Saka and Xhaka, who has a knee injury, will not be fit to play today.
Manchester United season form guide (all competitions): W-D-L-L-W-D
Arsenal season form guide: W-W-W-W-L-W
Manchester United vs Arsenal Head-To-Head Record:
This great rivalry counts 235 meetings. United continue to lead. However, the Red Devils have won just once in recent years since the departure of Jose Mourinho. And that was in the 2019 FA Cup. In the EPL, there have been two types of outcomes – either a draw or an Arsenal win. So the last meeting at Old Trafford ended in a minimal victory for the Gunners (1-0). The return leg in London ended in a nil draw. Moreover, the visitors were closer to victory then.
Manchester United vs Arsenal Predicted XI:
Manchester United possible starting lineup (3-4-2-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Telles; Matic, Fred, McTominay; Fernandes; Sancho, Ronaldo
Arsenal possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares; Partey, Lokonga; Martinelli, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang
Statistical preview of the match Manchester United vs Arsenal:
- Arsenal have not lost to Man United in the last five meetings.
- Last five meetings ended with the total of less than 2.5 goals.
- Arsenal won 9 of the last 10 league games.
- Arsenal have scored in their last three meetings with Man Utd.
- Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches against Man Utd in all competitions.
What has been said before the match:
“You know what to expect when you got to that stadium and play in front of that crowd. They are a team, a squad that is one of the most talented in the league. You know the situation you are going to face. It is very difficult tactically because you don’t know how they are going to prepare the game, the options that they can play, the formation they can [have] so it’s focused more on ourselves, on what we have to do and make sure the team is prepared to go there and beat them.”
“I think obviously a lot has happened in the last week or 10 days and I’ve had to certainly adapt and take on a new challenge and some skillsets maybe out of my comfort zone that I’ve never had to tackle before. I’ve enjoyed seeing how I’ve coped with that at times. You don’t know until you’re in that situation and you have to learn on the job. I can say, for the most part, I’ve enjoyed it. I have not spoken to Ralf yet, it’s pretty much as it was with the both games we’ve been to. Because of the process and the work permit, we haven’t been able to, so we’ve carried on as we have done. It’s worked well for the last two games and hopefully it will as well tomorrow.”
Manchester United vs Arsenal Prediction:
The teams are about equal in strength and motivation. The Londoners have gained momentum and have already made their way into the top five, unlike the hosts, who are going through difficult times and a change of management. Today, we expect a lively attacking performance from their opponents, who have a huge undiscovered attacking potential and the successful execution of chances is what they are looking for. With the capacities of opponents we are expecting both of them to score.
We assume that the game will be even and that the opponents are worthy of the points gained in the tournament. We believe that a peaceful outcome will suit everyone, especially as two of the last four head-to-head matches have ended this way.
Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: both to score and match result – draw.