Manchester United Vs Arsenal: Predicted Line-ups

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Manchester United Vs Arsenal  19:30 E.A.T

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Manchester United’s Competition for squad roles

Since the humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham, Man United have picked up three victories and a draw, including back-to-back clean sheets.

Centre-back pairing Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof kept Leipzig’s front line quiet on Wednesday and will be hoping to continue to rebuild their confidence tonight.

At the back, David De Gea, Maguire, Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw are likely to remain unchanged, decisions to be made elsewhere.

Scott McTominay hopes to retake his position alongside Fred in midfield after seeing Nemanja Matic start midweek whereas Paul Pogba could keep his place in the starting line-up following the positive performance against Leipzig during midweek champions league action.

Bruno Fernandes is hopeful to return and replace Van de Beek who started against Leipzig whereas Anthony Martial’s domestic suspension after the red card against Spurs opens the way for Mason Greenwood upfront. Greenwood opened the scoring with a precise finish on Wednesday and, if given the opportunity, will be looking to open his account in the Premier League this season

Manchester United’s predicted line-up:

Goalkeeper: De Gea

Defence: Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw

Midfield: Fred, McTominay, Pogba

Forwards:  Fernandes, Greenwood, Rashford

Arsenal’s defensive woes

Mikel Arteta is short of options in defence. David Luiz was described as “a big doubt” by Arteta in his press conference ahead of the Gunners’ Europa League game against Dundalk on Thursday and Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are all struggling with injuries.

If Luiz isn’t ready for the weekend, Shkodran Mustafi is a likely to be paired with Gabriel and Kieran Tierney in central defence. Granit Xhaka, who played in the back-three against Dundalk and Leicester, might be fielded in Mustafi’s position in the lineup or else replace Tierney, should the Scottish full-back be deployed at left-wing back.

Using Willian as a false nine was unsuccessful against Man City, and so Arteta ditched the idea for their 1-0 defeat by Leicester last time out.

With Mesut Ozil omitted from the picture, the question is how Arteta decides to deploy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and Nicolas Pepe.

Could it be time to try Aubameyang through the middle? “Yes, that’s a very possible thing,” Arteta told reporters on Wednesday before the 3-0 Europa League win over Dundalk.

“It will depend on the games. I think it’s very important to see who is around him and why we’re doing it. Not just the fact we’re doing it, why we’re doing that and what we’re going to get by doing these positive things. Of course, there’s a very strong possibility to play him as a No.9.

Arsenal’s predicted line-up

Goalkeeper: Leno

Defence:  Mustafi (or Xhaka), Gabriel, Tierney

Midfield:  Bellerin, Partey, Ceballos, Saka

Forwards: Willian, Aubameyang, Pepe

 

Also Read:  https://echonewsug.com/lockdown-confirmed-premier-league-to-continue/

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