Manchester United are set to take on Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday. With major changes in both team’s squad, formation and swapping of Sanchez and Mikhitariyan either way, both teams have come a long way since their last meet at Emirates stadium.
Both teams are back to play in PL from playing for only silverware they can win this season viz. United in FA Cup semi-final and Arsenal in Europa League semi-final.
The last match between the two teams was memorable one, especially for United fans as they saw their side win 1-3. Although, the margin looked comfortable, it was anything but comfort for United who only had 25% of possession and needed record equalling 14 saves from De Gea to help them win. Heading into this match, United would be looking for a dominating performance.
The thing which peaks the interest of Sunday’s clash is the fact that it would be last time Wenger will face his old foe Mourinho and rivals United as an Arsenal manager.
Here is the line up : 4-3-3
Goal Keeper : David De Gea
De Gea would no doubt retain his place in the line up. Personally, he is leading clean sheet chart in PL and would want to continue the same.
Defenders: Darmian, Jones, Smalling and Young.
Darmian would come in for Valencia, as the latter left FA Cup semi-final to due to muscle strain. Jones and Smalling would be the central duo given their recent form to contain opposition. Young would retain his place as left back.
Herrera was match winner for United against Tottenham not only because of his winner but also because of his work rate.
Pogba and Matic pick themselves because of their ability to control the game, attacking and defensively respectively from midfield. Matic and Herrera would be vital to stop Ozil, Lacazzate and Auba.
Sanchez is back against his old club for first time and would like to repeat his performance of FA Cup semis. Lingard who scored 2 goals in last match between the teams would be crucial in this game too. Lukaku, United’s sole striker would lead the line and would be expected to be physical in the match.