Sky Sports bill it as a Super Sunday, and it certainly has the potential to be just that. This week, it’s the League Champions versus the League Leaders as Arsenal visit Old Trafford to face United
United v Arsenal
Kick off: Sunday 10th November, 4:10pm (GMT)
Live on Sky Sports 1HD.
United go into the game in 8th position in the league, 8 points behind the current leaders and weekend opponents. Without wanting to stoop to clichés, this is a 6 pointer for United. Win, and close the gap to 5, lose and fall 11 behind the gunners. A tall order,even for United!
Of course, the headline players are van Persie and Rooney for United, Mesut Özil, and most surprisingly, Aaron Ramsey, for Arsenal.
Arsenal have had the easier start of the two sides, but have found a real resilience and belief that has been lacking in previous years, as well as grinding out results.
Danny Welbeck is still out for United as he is still suffering from a knee injury, whilst Rafael, Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley are back in contention following missing the midweek game with slight niggles.
Meanwhile, for Arsenal, winger Theo Walcott is nearing a first team return following his lengthy injury problems.
Despite all that has been said about United’s start to the season, following the shock home defeat to West Brom in September, United have since gone on an 8 match unbeaten streak. The performances are on the up and belief is growing. But this is the biggest challenge since that defeat.
Arsenal are top of the league and flying. Just 5 points dropped and a new mega star in Mesut Özil has joined their ranks, Arsenal are starting to look like genuine title contenders.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Robin van Persie, the former Arsenal Captain scored in both games last season whilst Wayne Rooney is in some of the best form of his career.
Arsenal also haven’t got a result at Old Trafford since 2006. Last season United won 2-1, whilst in the season previous, Arsenal were dismantled in what was a famous victory, to a scoreline of 8-2!
It’s hard to pick a winner, on current form, you have to pick Arsenal out. But this isn’t a normal game. United are the Champions after all and have been playing better. A score draw wouldn’t surprise me.
I will take a guess at:
United 2-2 Arsenal