Manchester United vs Arsenal Preview
“The Battle of Old Trafford” might won’t hold off the same significance in the league shape as it used to be but it will definitely be an emotional one as it will be last time Arsene Wenger will step in the pitch of Old Trafford as Arsenal manager. And it will also be the last Jose vs wenger as the controversial duo spoke greatly off each other in the press conference.
Though it won’t decide the league winners but you don’t need any other incentives to be at one of the best rivalries of premier league.
○Manchester United :
Sergio Romero remains the only absentee as Manchester United prepare to face Arsenal.
The back-up goalkeeper remains absent with a knee injury sustained on international duty with Argentina last month.
Antonio Valencia has overcome a muscle complaint sustained in last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final win against Tottenham.
○Provisional squad: De Gea, Pereira, O’Hara, Valencia, Darmian, Shaw, Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Jones, Rojo, Bailly, Matic, Carrick, Pogba, Fellaini, McTominay, Herrera, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Sanchez, Rashford, Lukaku.
Arsene Wenger could make a raft of changes ahead of the second leg of their Europa League semi-final.
The Gunners have prioritised the Europa League in recent weeks and, following a 1-1 home draw with Atletico Madrid on Thursday night, Wenger will want his first-team regulars fit and raring to go in Spain.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, cup -tied in Europe, is available while Henrikh Mkhitaryan could feature against his former club but may be one of those wrapped in cotton wool having only just recovered from a knee injury. Mohamed Elneny (ankle) and Santi Cazorla (Achilles) are missing.
○Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang.
Sunday : 09:00 pm (IST)
Venue : Old Trafford
Referee : Kevin Friend
TV broadcast: Star Sports Select 2
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With Jose having all his star players available Manchester united will have the upper hand. Recently arsenal’s prolific signing Aubameyang has been in goals and he can play a vital role in today’s fixture. Old Trafford surely will rise up to the occasion of this magnitude and all we can expect a cracker of a match just like the Emirates one which was a serious contender of the Match of the season. Wenger’s last visit to Old Trafford can be a memorable one.