Welcome to Sportstar's live blog of the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Arsenal, being played at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England.
This was Neeladri Bhattacharjee bringing you the pre-match build up and minute-by-minute updates of this high-voltage clash. Thanks for tuning in and take very good care of yourselves.
It’s been a long time I haven’t score against Arsenal and this time I was looking to do something.
— Marcus Rashford on scoring in this match and about his debut goal against Arsenal in 2016
Togetherness has been the key in the last few games and that is something we will want to keep in the future as well. We hope we can score many more goals.
— Bruno Fernandes after the win against Arsenal
Very disappointed to lose the game after what happened after 95 minutes. I think we had a period in the first 30 minutes, we struggled to have control. We lost the ball in really difficult places.
— Mikel Arteta, Manager, Arsenal
Martinelli makes a run into the United box, but McTominay makes sure the Brazilian stays away from danger with a key clearance and United get back up on the pitch for an attack.
Malacia tries to hold the ball at the back and Saka comes rushing in to get it back and fouls the defender and gets into the book for the late challenge.
Manchester United looks corralled at the back as Arsenal looks to find solutions for a comeback. If it remains as it is now, Arsenal will suffer its first loss of the league this season.
Chance! Man United attacks on the counter and Fred delivers the ball along the left for Ronaldo, but Ramsdale gets to the ball first to clear the ball out of danger.
Chance! Martinelli makes a great run into the United box and his shot, deflected out gives Arsenal a corner - its first in the second half.
Foul! Tyrell Malacia tries to get hold of the ball and fouls Saka in the process to give Arsenal a free kick,
Gabriel Jesus and Ben White get into the penalty box as Saka carries the ball into the penalty box, but his cross is just too high as the ball hits the outside of the woodwork.
Chance! Arsenal goes for an attack and Saka gets the ball close to the goalkeeper and Saka shoots to his right. He misses the target and goes down as Arteta’s men appeal for a penalty. The referee is not interested.
Arsenal is trying to build an attack with side passes close to the box, but United’s pressure forces the black shirts back and United goes in attack. The though ball for Antony, however, is overshot and the ball goes out for an Arsenal throw-in
Arsenal tries to create an attack along the wings and a cross from the right wing is cleared by the red wall. Erik Ten Hag’s men are playing carefully to keep the Gunners at bay.
Another save! Arsenal is attacking in numbers now and Kolonga passes to Martinelli who heads the ball on target, but De Gea makes an excellent save with his right hand.
Save!Sancho presses high and Ramsdale finally shoots the ball up the field and Arsenal goes on attack. Martinelli gets the ball along the left and cuts to his right to shoot on target. De Gea makes a good save!
Bruno Fernandes picks up a mild injury after Lokonga fouls Bruno with a challenge from behind. No cards involved, but the United player is being attended by the medical team,
Antony gets the ball along the left flank and he tries a curler with his left foot. But the ball flies just off target and the Brazilian raises his hands to apologise to Bruno and Rashford, who were waiting.
Arsenal has lost more Premier League away games against Manchester United than it has against any other opponent (17. If it remains like this, it would be the 19th draw between the two sides.
Save! Sancho makes a run along the left flank and shoots to force Ramsdale into action
Chance! Antony gets a great ball off to Dalot and the Portuguese delivers a cross for Eriksen who shoots on the volley. But the shot is just off target.
Manchester United chooses start building from the back and Malacia passes to Lisandro and McTominauy steals the ball off Jesus. However, the referee stops play for a potential head injury and the former Man City striker is being attended by the medical team.
The free kick is delivered in by Zinchenko, but the ball is headed out of danger by Bruno Fernandes as Manchester United start pressing high again.
Free Kick! Lisandro Martinez thwarts a forward run of Gabriel Jesus with a strong challenge, and Arsenal gets a free kick
The only thing is to get transition moments and be good on the ball and be composed under the ball
— Erik Ten Hag on Manchester United’s approach before the match against Arsenal
Manchester United will look to record four successive wins in the Premier League for the first time since April 2021 when it faces table topper Arsenal at the Old Trafford on Sunday.
Erik Ten Hag’s men have made a comeback since its horrific beginning with two opening losses against former Championship sides Brentford and Bright & Hove Albion.
The first win since the loss, came against Liverpool at Old Trafford – the spot for another derby on Sunday.
Arsenal, on the other hand, is the only club with a 100 percent win rate in the Premier League and sits on top of the table with 15 points after five matches.
Gabriel Jesus – who left Manchester City after the arrival of Erling Haaland – has been in red-hot form and will be leading the attack against United.
He has been directly involved in six goals in his first five Premier League appearances for the Gunners, a club record in the competition, overtaking Mesut Özil (five).
For the Red Devils, their recent signing Antony might just be the attacking solution for Erik Ten Hag along the wings.
Manchester United and Arsenal have faced each other 60 times and United has come out victorious 25 times, while the Gunners have won 17 times. The remaining 18 games have been draws.
In the last five meeting between the sides, Arsenal has won thrice and drawn once, while United has won once.
- ⦿ Arsenal 3-1 Man United
- ⦿ Man United 3-2 Arsenal
- ⦿ Arsenal 0-0 Man United
- ⦿ Man United 0-1 Arsenal
- ⦿ Arsenal 2-0 Man United
At Old Trafford in the last five derbies, Man United has won twice, drawn as many times and lost once, with it coming in November 2020.
Man United comes into the match with three consecutive wins after failing to secure victories in any of the five game before them. Arsenal, on the other hand, is on a 10-match winning streak this season, starting with a 5-3 friendly win over FC Nurnberg.
Man United’s Last Five Games – WWWLL
- ⦿ Leicester City 0-1 Man United
- ⦿ Southampton 0-1 Man United
- ⦿ Man United 2-1 Liverpool
- ⦿ Brentford 4-0 Man United
- ⦿ Man United 1-2 Brighton and Hove Albion
Arsenal’s Last Five Games – WWWWW
- ⦿ Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa
- ⦿ Arsenal 2-1 Fulham
- ⦿ Bournemouth 0-3 Arsenal
- ⦿ Arsenal 4-2 Leicester City
- ⦿ Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal
Manchester United vs Arsenal Predicted Lineups XI:
Man United (4-3-3) – David de Gea (GK) – Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia – Casemiro, Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen – Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Antony
Arsenal (4-2-3-1) – Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney – Albert Lokonga, Granit Xhaka – Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Row – Gabriel Martinelli – Gabriel Jesus