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Manchester United: Predicted XI v Arsenal

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In what is unquestionably the most keenly-anticipated fixture of the 2013/14 Premier League season so far, surprise table-toppers Arsenal travel to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. 

Under the guidance of new boss David Moyes, the hosts endured a somewhat underwhelming summer in the transfer market and subsequently stuttered dramatically during the opening weeks of the new campaign.

The Red Devils have improved in recent weeks, however, with Moyes' men having won four consecutive matches in all competitions prior to Tuesday's rather lifeless 0-0 draw against Real Sociedad in the Champions League.

For Arsenal, the season began in truly disastrous fashion with a shocking 3-1 defeat at home to Paul Lambert's Aston Villa.

However, since that miserable afternoon, the Gunners have bounced back in stunning fashion and currently sit five points clear at the top of the table. 

In terms of teams new for the home side, the fitness of several key players remains unclear at the time of writing.

While Danny Welbeck will reportedly miss out with a troublesome knee problem, Moyes has seemingly kept his cards extremely close to his chest and declined to give exact updates on a number of others, simply insisting that he will make a decision at the weekend.

However, while the United boss has seemingly not ruled him out altogether, it seems unlikely that Michael Carrick will be ready to feature following injury.

With that in mind, what follows is our prediction. However, with the status of a number of players remaining somewhat vague, it could be subject to considerable change.

In particular, the places of Rafael and Evans could both be set to change, while an injury to the former could see Jones switch to right-back and Marouane Fellaini come into the midfield.

Alternatively, Chris Smalling could come in at right-back if Rafael is unable to play.

Predicted Manchester United XI to face Arsenal:

De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Jones, Cleverley; Valencia, Rooney, Januzaj; Van Persie.

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