The confirmed Man Utd XI vs Arsenal for today’s game has been named by Ole Gunnar Solskjer, with the Reds manager seemingly going for a diamond in midfield.
Last week’s draw against Chelsea simply has to be backed up with a big three points here. Home games against fellow members of the Premier League’s top six are all important if you have genuine title aspirations. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will know that.
After an excellent result against RB Leipzig in midweek, United come into this one feeling confident. However, this Mikel Arteta Arsenal side knows how to play and grind out results. This will not be an easy three points.
As we’ve been discussing all week on the site, the United squad is ow jam-packed with real quality in multiple areas. Game-in-game-out, that leaves Solskjaer with several big decisions to make. This weekend, it’s no different.
Unfortunately, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard and Alex Telles are all missing through injury, while Anthony Martial will sit out the final game of his suspension. Aside from that, the gaffer had a pretty much full squad to choose from.
In terms of formation, it looks like United have opted for the four-diamond-two, which does offer a different dimension while giving Arsenal another problem to solve. Anyway, the team news is in, so let’s delve right into it.
Check out the confirmed Man Utd XI vs Arsenal here:
David de Gea obviously starts in between the sticks and I don’t doubt he’ll have a busy afternoon here.
In front of him is what I would call the now customary back four. Aaron Wan-Bissaka plays at right-back, while Luke Shaw starts in the left-back slot. Harry Maguire will proudly wear the captain’s armband, sitting alongside Victor Lindelof.
Scott McTominay has been tasked with sitting at the base of the midfield. No doubt he’s a direct answer to Thomas Partey in that Arsenal team. Fred and Paul Pogba will be playing in that traditional midfield role, while Bruno Fernandes will be given the freedom to join in on the attack.
A homegrown front two of Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford seems like the dream pairing on paper. Both offer different things. Both are equally talented.
On the bench, Solskjaer has the liks of Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani, Axel Tuanzebe and Juan Mata to call upon.
Let’s hope subs aren’t needed, though, and this is a comfortable three points for the Red Devils.