Manchester United vs Arsenal: Three things to look out for at Old Trafford

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It’s one of the most famous rivalries in not only the Premier League, but football globally.

Manchester United vs Arsenal has produced titanic, season-defining moments in the past. Who can forget the battle of Old Trafford, or Pizzagate?

These days, the rivalry means a little less in terms of titles and trophies with both clubs struggling to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City.

But it’s fair to say that both managers will want to win the game, and in the case of Manchester United’s beleaguered boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he desperately needs a victory.

Although adored by the fans, and given public backing by CEO Ed Woodward, Solskjaer is under tremendous pressure. United have not scored more than one goal in a game since the opening day of the season, lost their last game to West Ham in what could only be described as a flat performance, and then needed penalties at home to Rochdale, 18th in League One, to get through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

On top of this, he has a depleted forward line, and will likely have to rely on 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to score goals.

For Arsenal, a win this evening will put them back into the top four and level on points with Leicester. Unai Emery’s side do not have the same issues with firepower that United are having.

However, they will be without Alexandre Lacazette who is ruled out with an ankle injury.

But defensively, they have not kept a clean sheet in the league since the start of the season, and if United are to get anything out of tonight, they will be looking at exposing Arsenal's defensive frailties.

Ahead of tonight’s game we look at 3 things to consider...

Mason Greenwood to score first (9/2 with GIVEMEBET)

Given that Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will miss the game tonight due to injury, it seems a no brainer that young Greenwood will lead the line for United.

Greenwood has scored in both of his last two starts for United, and has shown composure way beyond his years, with both goals being well-taken finishes.

He has shown ability to shoot from different angles as well. Although Greenwood has started for United in the Premier League before, this will be his most high profile start to date, and he could well make the biggest impact of his young career so far.

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Arsenal to win and both teams to score (15/4 with GIVEMEBET)

There should be goals in tonight’s game, Arsenal have a defence that can be exposed, but also an attack that can be, at times, quite magnificent.

United will be looking to add to their goals tally as well, and given the pace of their attack, it could well be that United are able to open up the Arsenal defence.

Also given the fact that there hasn’t been a 0-0 draw between the two sides at Old Trafford since May 2009, and that Arsenal are in better form than United at the moment, it could be three points for Unai Emery’s team.

Granit Xhaka to receive a card (8/5 with GIVEMEBET)

The curious case of Granit Xhaka continues to rumble on. He isn’t the most beloved player amongst the Arsenal fan base, and his contributions to the team are usually mocked on social media.

Yet he seems to be one of the first names on the team sheet for Emery, and was confirmed as the Arsenal captain by Emery in his press conference building up to the game.

One thing that can be said about Xhaka is that he loves to get a card, last season he received 10 yellow cards, and he’s already got three yellow cards in the Premier League this season.

Given his combative nature, and the intensity of this fixture, Xhaka could easily find himself in the ref's book by the conclusion of the game.

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