EPL preview… All details as United hope to stun title-chasing Arsenal

 EPL preview… All details as United hope to stun title-chasing Arsenal

When Arsenal visit Manchester United on Sunday, they will attempt to carry on their quest to unseat Premier league champions Manchester City.

Sunday’s match might not feature Invincibles or Treble winners. It might also not feature two veteran living legends managing on the touchlines either. However, for the first time in a very long period, the tie will carry all the qualities of United vs Arsenal game as we used to know in the early 2000’s.

Two games separate the Gunners from a chance to recover long-lost glory. As they  look to win their first Premier league title in twenty years.

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Manchester City have already started the weekend with a convincing 0:4 win over Fulham on Saturday to top Arsenal with 2 points where still having a game in hand. If Arsenal lose to United on Sunday and City wins their midweek game against Tottenham, then the title race will be over.

Manchester United, who was humiliated 4:0 by Crystal Palace the last weekend, comes into the match in an odd situation where they can help their rival win the title while also getting back to winnings ways after that embarrassing loss.

The Gunners will also try to accomplish a league double over Manchester United for the first time since 2006–07.


Takehiro Tomiyasu and Bukayo Saka are expected to be available for this match, although Mikel Arteta won’t know for sure until the final evaluation is completed.

Saka, who has 16 goals and 8 assists for Arsenal in the league this season sustained a knock against Bournemouth and is will undergo evaluation before the game, Japanese defender, Tomiyasu missed midweek training and will be assessed too. Jurrien Timber is still working on his match fitness even after playing two games with the under-21 team. Mikel Arteta does not have any injury concerning heading to the super Sunday game.

Ten Hag’s condition is quite different from that. United has had a terrible season in terms of injuries, and their current state is bad. After missing three months due to a knee injury, Lisandro Martinez is back on the pitch, but it’s not assumed that he will play just yet.

Ten Hag’s defensive woes are increased by the absences of Tyrell Malacia, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof, Willy Kambwala, and Raphael Varane.

Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay have returned to United’s training. Midfielder Bruno Fernandes is likely to play against Arsenal after missing the last game against Crystal Palace. The Portuguese scored five goals and made one assist in his past four Premier League games.


Onana, Dalot, Martinez, Evans, Wan-Bissaka, Casemiro, Mainoo, Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford, Hojlund.


Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu, Partey, Rice, Odegaard, Saka, Havertz, Trossard.


Kick-off date is Sunday 12th May, 2024

Kick-off time is 4:30 pm

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.

Referee will be Paul Tierney

Assistants: Scott Ledger, Mat Wilkes

Fourth official: Darren Bond

VAR: John Brooks

Assistant VAR: Constantine Hatzidakis


United is a very, very bad team currently and they lack tactical awareness, and Arsenal, with their excellent structure, ought to be able to many scoring chances on demand. But strange things happen at this time of the season especially. There will be a lot of pressure on Arsenal, particularly now that City have defeated Fulham.

Though the Gunners haven’t declined yet, now might be the moment. Following their humiliation at the hands of Palace, United will want to make up with the Old Trafford fans by putting on a strong display against their old rivals on Sunday.

Although Arsenal has a poor record at Old Trafford, they have undoubtedly never had a better opportunity to win and can’t afford to lose.


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