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Manchester United predicted XI v Arsenal

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Manchester United face Arsenal on Wednesday.
Manchester United face Arsenal on Wednesday..

A difficult 2013/14 season for Manchester United hit a new low on Sunday afternoon, as David Moyes' men were sucker-punched by a late Darren Bent equaliser that secured Fulham - a team who had lost to League One strugglers Sheffield United just days before - a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

Although the Red Devils largely dominated possession, their defending was nothing short of appalling as Steve Sidwell strolled through to give Rene Meulensteen's an first-half unlikely lead.

Manchester United - not to mention Moyes' faltering credibility - looked as if they had been saved as Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick both scored within 80 second-half seconds, but yet more poor defensive work led to Bent's injury-time equaliser.

After that disappointment, things do not get much easier for Manchester United as they travel to face Arsenal on Wednesday evening.

Now, while Arsenal themselves suffered a demoralising weekend with that shocking 5-1 thumping by Liverpool at Anfield, you have to imagine that Arsene Wenger's side will be fired up and desperate to prove that such a result was merely a blip and that they are still credible and worthy title contenders.

In terms of team news for the visitors, it will be interesting to see if Moyes is encouraged to make any major changes ahead of such a potentially tough clash.

Personally, I feel he will largely stick with the same lineup given that Manchester United did dominate possession against Fulham, but perhaps with Adnan Januzaj in for Ashley Young as a far more creative threat alongside Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie in a front four.

Alternatively, the Scot could be tempted to include Antonio Valencia in order to utilise his pace...

Predicted Manchester United XI v Arsenal:

De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Smalling, Evra; Fletcher, Carrick; Januzaj, Rooney, Mata; Van Persie.

Do you agree? Will Moyes make more changes? Leave your own predicted lineups below...

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