Man United v Arsenal Build-up & Predicted Score with fourth in sight

Manchester United will play host to Arsenal at Old Trafford this evening, with the two sides in very different form.

The Red Devils currently sit in tenth in the Premier League table having won just one of their last eight Premier League matches. Their run of form was so bad that they had to cut the cord on Ole Gunnar Solksjaer last week, and Michael Carrick remains in charge whilst they await a work permit for Ralf Rangnick.

The Englishman has overseen a victory over Villarreal in the Champions League to seal their passage into the knockout stages, before denying Chelsea a win at Stamford Bridge at the weekend, although watching that game, only David De Gea and some suspect finishing from Timo Werner (as usual) and his team-mates stopped the Blues from winning.

Arsenal on the other-hand are in top form. They have five of their last six matches in all competitions, losing away to Liverpool as the only blip on the scoresheet, and have flown up the table to sit a point outside the top four, with a win today seeing them leapfrog West Ham into the CL places.

Apart from the game at Anfield, we have looked solid in defence and tough to beat, but we won’t be taking any liberties today with another tough stadium to play in, but the challenge should bring the best out of our players.

I do feel like we get the win today, although that job could become difficult if Bukayo Saka is ruled out, with his availability currently uncertain.

I’m going for a 2-1 win for our boys today to send us into fourth, with Auba finally breaking his goalless streak.

What are your predictions for today’s big game?

Patrick

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20 Comments

  1. If I were a betting man I would put money on Man U to win tonight. For 10 years now we have failed to beat the top teams on a regular basis, have suffered large defeats at the hands of some, and have lacked the character and midfield strength to inspire the fans with confidence. This is a big test for MA’s ‘project’ tonight. Will this be more of the ‘same old’ or the start of a new dawn? Hats off to MA if his team pulls it off.

    1. To be fair, last season we had a better record within the traditional top 6 than Chelsea, Man U, and Spurs.

  2. I believe we will try our best. our passing game is suspect as usual. slow and lathargic. man u will see this and let us pass it around without much to do defensively. we will pass the ball for 60 of the 90 without doing much. that been said I think it will be a 1-1 at the end. on the flip side I always hope to win. my heart say 2- 1 to arsenal. brain saying it’s a draw.

  3. We don’t do well at Old Trafford for a long time now but I think we defeated them at Old Trafford last season. Penalty from Aubamenyang was enough last time there..
    Hoping for a win there tonight. It won’t be easy as manu players will be all out in order to impress their new manager and Carrick will want to leave on a high. Well, we are gonna spoil that party..

    1. It’s not pessimistic Declan, it’s a fair shout. I think most fans would
      Be more Accepting of a defeat at Old Trafford, if we gave them a really tough game, no bad performances from our players.

      I think it’s 50/50 on us not losing based on our defensive improvement, but our bloody attackers (strikers really) need to show up if we are to win…..

  4. Arteta and arsenal don’t have the strategy and confidence to defeat big teams.

    The only chance we may have tonight is man united are not in great form.

  5. Just looking for a good showing, we’re a young team not even halfway through the season; many of them not playing together before this year.

    Hard to predict the outcome; if we get bossed like City, Chelsea, and Liverpool did then there is a real problem.

    We simply cannot get outplayed again; that is the bottom line. We have been completely shelled and torn apart by the clubs at the top of the table, and no progress has been made on that front.

    It is not just young players making mistakes, but wrong tactics, subs, and no changes or even a plan B.

    I’m looking for fight in the fellas, what tactics Arteta goes with, What he changes after halftime, and what subs he makes.

    That is where I expect to see progress; that is what I will be looking at more than the final score line.

    Losing a hard fight is one thing, getting punched and beaten up for 90 minutes is another matter.

    1. @durand
      You forgot to mention how newly promoted Brentford bossed us before the other three did…IJS
      Any manager watching that, has the blueprint on how to beat us.
      We haven’t addressed the issue of countering a high press yet…🤔

      1. lol “bossed”

        Why do Arsenal fans always exaggerate our losses? We had a pen not given and one of their goals 100% should have been disallowed. Outside of that it was 50/50 at worst.

        Oh, and half our players in that aren’t even starters anymore so not really relevant.

  6. Best wait until team news comes through but I expect us to set up like every match this season .
    Just hope we don’t have to rely on Ramsdale to save us again .
    This is a weak Utd side and we have the better team so should be 3 points .

  7. We are winning this 2:0.
    I have to believe. Its not going a walk in the park though. I have some faith on this one. COYG

  8. Out of form teams have a habbit of finding form against arsenal. Hope we start strong and finish the game in the first half like we did against spurs, otherwise I can see Manu getting stronger as the game progresses.

  9. Arsenal should be very intelligent they they will Approach the game in first half, we should not seat at our goal that we are defending the game no,Open spaces and runs to their post will cool them down,we better kill the game early in the first 45 or else they will turn on us second half,they are very dangerous in the second half.2 goals early will confuse them

  10. I’m betting on a manu win and I’m betting on a narrow one at that.

    Reasons for that are that they have a superior squad in most positions and are on the up once Ole lost the wheel. And this season, it seems that Arsenal can’t handle stronger squads.

    I don’t expect to see more than three goals and the result can go anywhere from 1:0, 2:1 or 2:0 for manu.

    As long as the lads keep on defeating teams they’re supposed to beat, top 6 (their realistic target) can be achieved.

  11. My heart’s really beating fast, I must confess, I ain’t confident on this but I’ll watch anyways, I do want a convincing win,
    I hope Arteta fields a very fast attack, we must keep Man United in their half constantly.

    Hopefully by midnight we would be settled in the 4th position.

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