Our Red Devils have had an excellent week and what better way to top it off than beating The Gooners? It’s time for our predicted Man Utd XI vs Arsenal.
After a slow start to the campaign, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United have certainly picked up the pace. The fitness levels are starting to improve, while the squad is looking far deeper than it did a month or so ago.
Credit where it’s due, the Baby Faced Assassin has got it tactically spot on in each of United’s last four fixtures. Against Arsenal and Mikel Arteta, he’ll have to do that again if we’re to come away with all three points.
I’m expecting this game to be a far more open affair than the Chelsea fixture, as these two sides have attacking football in their DNA. A win here and suddenly, we’re looking like real contenders to make a serious title challenge this term.
This weekend, United will have to do it without the still-suspended Anthony Martial, while Alex Telles will likely miss this one as he has coronavirus. Aside from that, though, Solskjaer has options aplenty all over the park.
There are a few big calls in key positions such as up top, central midfield and centre-half, though we have to trust in Ole, who is making all the right decisions of late…
Predicted Man Utd XI vs Arsenal:
David de Gea will start in between the sticks, with our Spanish number one looking in great form to start off this campaign. Let’s hope that continues this weekend.
The best tackler in the business, AKA Aaron Wan-Bissaka, was always going to start at right-back. Luke Shaw will play in the absence of the aforementioned Telles. I’ve gone for the now customary back two of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof to start, though a strong case can be made for Axel Tuanzebe.
Scott McTominay has been playing some fantastic football lately and it’d be unfair to knock him out of his rhythm by benching him here. I’ve gone for a Donny van de Beek and Bruno Fernandes double-pivot, which feels incredibly harsh on Fred, but our new Dutch signing deserves another crack at the whip after an excellent European outing on Wednesday.
Martial is missing, meaning Edinson Cavani is primed and ready for his first Red Devils start. He’ll have plenty of help with Marcus Rashford on his left and Mason Greenwood on the right.
As ever, they’ll be plenty of quality to call upon from the bench if United need it. However, I’m feeling confident about this one and I’d like to think we’ll have enough to get the job done here.