Manchester United vs Arsenal: Team news, match facts and prediction

KEY POINTS

  • Manchester United are winless in the past four league meetings (D2, L2).

  • The Gunners haven't kept a Premier League clean sheet at Old Trafford since 2009.

  • Manchester United have taken one point from three matches at Old Trafford this season. They haven't failed to win any of their first four home league games of the season since 1972-73.

  • Arsenal could lose three league games in a row for the first time under Mikel Arteta.

Manchester United welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford in the Premier League this weekend on a high after Wednesday’s 5-0 thrashing of RB Leipzig in the Champions League.

Marcus Rashford’s hat-trick from the bench has provided a much-needed boost to United, who had previously struggled to produce the goods at home.

The hosts come into this fixture 15th in the Premier League, having taken just seven points from their opening five games.

Meanwhile, league goals have been hard to come by for Arsenal, who have failed to find the net in consecutive 1-0 defeats by Leicester City and Manchester City last time out in the league.

United’s performance against RB Leipzig means that the pendulum is now swinging in their favour but this might end in a draw.

TEAM NEWS

Manchester United defender Alex Telles has tested positive for COVID-19 and so misses the game while he self-isolates.

Anthony Martial, who scored his first goal of the season against RB Leizpig on Thursday, serves the final match of a three-game ban.

Arsenal’s David Luiz is set to miss out because of a thigh injury sustained during Sunday’s defeat by Leicester.

Manager Mikel Arteta will bring back a host of first-team regulars who were rested for Thursday’s win over Dundalk.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Manchester United are winless in the past four league meetings (D2, L2).
  • However, they are unbeaten in 13 home league games against Arsenal since a 1-0 defeat in September 2006 (W8, D5).
  • The Gunners haven’t kept a Premier League clean sheet at Old Trafford since 2009.
  • They are aiming to win back-to-back Premier League matches against Manchester United for the first time since 2006-07.

Manchester United

  • Manchester United have taken one point from three matches at Old Trafford this season. They haven’t failed to win any of their first four home league games of the season since 1972-73.
  • They are without a home league win in five games, their longest such run since February 1990.
  • United have already conceded 12 goals, their worst defensive record after five matches of a top-flight season for 60 years.
  • This will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 100th game in charge of Manchester United (W55, D21, L23).
  • Donny van de Beek has had just 64 minutes of Premier League action in 2020-21 but has been on the pitch when United have scored five of their nine goals.

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Arsenal

  • Arsenal could lose three league games in a row for the first time under Mikel Arteta.
  • They could also fail to score in three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since 2016.
  • The Gunners have lost six of their past nine Premier League away matches.
  • Arteta’s side have kept only one clean sheet in their last 11 league fixtures.
  • Arsenal have averaged just 8.8 shots and 1.3 goals per game in this season’s Premier League, their lowest tallies since 1997-98 and 1995-96 respectively.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has gone five league matches without a goal, his worst run since November 2014 when he was playing for Borussia Dortmund.

PREDICTION: 1-1

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