This fixture has never failed to excite, ever. It has always been a very entertaining fixture (even when you support the losing side). The last time these two teams met was at Old Trafford in the FA Cup. The result was a 1-2 victory for Arsenal. However, the most one-sided fixture we have seen in the Barclay's Premier League between these two sides was the 8-2 win for Manchester United at Old Trafford.
How could the teams line-up?
Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Shaw, Blind, Herrera, Fellaini, Mata, Young, Falcao
Normally both these teams "turn up" to this fixture. They both played exceptionally well in the last game, and the only reason Arsenal scored the equaliser was through Valencia's poor back-pass to David De Gea.
However, Manchester United have an undeniably good record against Arsenal in the league, meaning they can do the double over their rivals. Both teams play attacking Football and like to hog the ball, but I believe this game will be extremely hard to predict. Manchester United are likely to allow Arsenal much of the ball and counter-attack them. Everybody knows that Arsenal fall apart to teams that counter-attack them; we have seen this very much in the league.
The last league game between these two sides was at the Emirates Stadium; Manchester United secured a "smash and grab" win against Arsenal, despite being dominated the whole way through the game. The style they played against Arsenal was a counter-attacking game playing with the 5-3-2 formation.
Both teams impress me but my prediction is a 3-1 victory for Manchester United. Manchester United always "turn up" against the bigger sides, and I think this will be shown against Arsenal at Old Trafford. I also think Arsenal are due a loss and it is very likely that the loss they are due will come at the hands of Manchester United and Louis van Gaal.
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