Manchester United host Arsenal in Sunday’s Premier League meeting at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are presently placed second in the standings, and they have the opportunity to strengthen their position further against the Gunners who should be more concerned about their midweek European commitments.
Ahead of the Arsenal game, Jose Mourinho confirmed that there are no fresh concerns to report and the Portuguese has the opportunity to choose from a near full strength squad, barring Sergio Romero.
The Argentine picked up a knee injury following a collision with Spain’s Diego Costa on international duty and he has since missed five games on the bounce including last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Likewise, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirmed that hi side had not setbacks from the midweek Europa League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid. Nevertheless, Mohamed Elneny and Santi Cazorla remain sidelined for the long-term but Henrikh Mkhitaryan may make his first appearance against United since leaving them.
The Armenian has made good progress from a medial knee ligament injury sustained earlier this month and he is ‘available’ to feature in what could be Wenger’s final-ever Old Trafford appearance as a Premier League manager.
Arsenal managed to pick up a late point via Olivier Giroud last season but a similar result appears unlikely based on their away form in 2018. The Gunners are the sole side from the Football League to have not picked up an away point in the calendar year and this should benefit United, who have lost just one of their previous five games against top-six opposition.
Moreover, Arsene Wenger’s side should be worried about their Europa League semi-final second leg against Atletico after gifting an away goal during the 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium. Hence, we may witness at least a few changes to the starting lineup which should only weaken them further.
Manchester United 3-1 Arsenal