Man Utd v Arsenal – View From The Enemy – Great in depth Preview

We are in for a fascinating evenings entertainment from Old Trafford, as Arsenal’s nemesis Jose Mourinho tries to stop Unai Emery’s incredible unbeaten run since the opening two games of the season. The Red Devils extensive injury problems will give us extra confidence but with the resilience that Arsenal have showed over the last few months we know that they will fight to the death or at least for 90 plus minutes!

So this latest View From the Enemy comes direct from the Man United website and it is full of interesting info about the game.

Read on and enjoy…..

Manchester United’s busy December schedule continues with a significant game on Wednesday night, when another side with top-four aspirations, Arsenal, comes to Old Trafford.

The match comes just four days after our clash with Southampton and after the disappointment of drawing 2-2 at St Mary’s, Jose Mourinho will be hoping to make home advantage count and continue his impressive record against the Gunners.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game…


Jose has a number of defensive injury concerns heading into the game, with doubts surrounding Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw, while Victor Lindelof will definitely miss the game, as will Ashley Young, who is suspended after picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Southampton. It means Diogo Dalot could be in line to register his first Premier League start for the Reds, after making his competition bow as a substitute on Saturday, although Matteo Darmian is another option. Marcos Rojo is still awaiting his first senior appearance of the season following a knee injury.

In attack, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford both came off at Southampton with knocks but, so far, there has been no suggestion they will join Alexis Sanchez on the sidelines. As reported last week, the Chilean is out of action until the New Year and will therefore miss the chance to face his former club for a second time.

The Gunners also have a number of fitness concerns at the back. Shkodran Mustafi was withdrawn against Tottenham at the weekend and it remains to be seen whether he will be fit for Wednesday. Should he be ruled out, the centre-back will join Laurent Koscielny, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Nacho Monreal on the sidelines. Another German who might be unavailable is Mesut Ozil. The 30-year-old playmaker missed the Spurs game with a back injury which could force him to sit out the trip to Old Trafford. Granit Xhaka will definitely miss the match through suspension, while former Reds striker Danny Welbeck is continuing to recover from the ankle fracture he suffered last month.

Arsenal are on an impressive 19-game unbeaten run in all competitions – their last defeat actually came in the second match of the Premier League season, against Chelsea. Last time out the Gunners came from behind to beat local rivals Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium, thanks to a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira. The North London club have picked up 30 points from a possible 42 to date and are fourth in the table.

Torreira is in good form and was voted Man of the Match on Sunday when he notched his first Arsenal goal. The Uruguayan midfielder, who joined the Gunners in the summer, is a great passer and loves a tackle too.

This is the first time in the Premier League that Manchester United v Arsenal will be played without either Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger in the dugouts. The pair shared the Premier League title for nine seasons between 1996 and 2004 and developed a strong rivalry over the years. Last time the Gunners came to Old Trafford, Wenger was presented with an honorary vase by his old adversaries Sir Alex and Jose, to commemorate the Frenchman’s extraordinary 22-year reign as Arsenal boss.

We’ve faced the Gunners on 227 previous occasions, the first of which was in 1894. We have a slightly better record over the years than Arsenal and have won 98 times compared to their 82. There have also been 47 draws between the teams. In the last meeting, at Old Trafford in April, United triumphed 2-1 thanks to a late winner from Marouane Fellaini.

In August 2011, the Reds put the Gunners to the sword at Old Trafford with a superb 8-2 victory. Current Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck started the scoring that day for the Reds, before Ashley Young netted a brace, Wayne Rooney bagged a hat-trick and Nani and Ji-sung Park also got on the scoresheet in one of our most memorable Premier League games.

Andre Marriner will oversee proceedings on Wednesday. The 47-year-old last took charge of a United game during the opening weekend of the Premier League season, when we beat Leicester City 2-1. Marriner will be assisted by Scott Ledger and Simon Long, while Chris Kavanagh will be fourth official on the night.


That is not a bad preview, and to be honest it is a lot more in depth than we get from Arsenal! But the quality of the website post will have no effect on the game tonight and we are definitely not going to break our unbeaten run against moaning Mourinho’s losers….




  1. Sue says:

    Oh great Andre Marriner ?

    1. Robin Vanpayslip - what's the point? We're all going to die anyway..... says:

      In rock, paper, scissors Marriner is scissors and Emery is rock.

  2. jon fox says:

    A long but hardly insightful preview. It told us nothing we did not already know, save perhaps the totally irrelevant stats from past matches , which have about as much relevance to tonights game as the price of the Old Trafford pies. I have always thought that unless you are going to add something of value or at least humour to aid human converstations , why bother writing at all? It is mostly corporate and boringly bland nonsense as too is the football programme industry at top level. You might also think my post is mere time and space filling for no purpose and you would not be wrong! I have not bought club programmes for many years but I always buy fanzines, as they are full of REAL FAN opinion.

    1. ken1945 says:

      Jon, if you want a real laugh, go to you tube and click on a spud supporter commentating on the match as it happens.
      It is absolutely hilarious, especially when they go 2-1 up and he predicts the final score.
      This is what real fans go through and it’s so much better simply because it’s a spud complaining about poch and the team.
      Recommend it to everyone!!

  3. GB says:

    Pogba and Lukaku dropped.
    Ramsey captains us and Guendouzi also starts.

  4. Sue says:

    I think the bus will well & truly be parked

  5. Ayoluxe says:

    I have been proud of what we have achieved so far this season. I feel our bench is a bit lightweight. The only game changer is see is Lacazette. I hope so won’t need to change the game from the bench today.

    1. AyoLuxe says:

      *The only game changer i…

      *I hope we won’t…

  6. Sue says:

    Argh I’m so nervous ?

  7. Ayo Luxe says:

    We’ve faced the Gunners on 227 previous occasions…

    Are a Man United Supporter now?

  8. Sue says:

    It’s that horrible green kit ?

  9. sauce NY says:

    absolutely horrible start, i love him but guendouzi looks terrible– mistake to start both guendouzi and ramsey. midfield totally out of control

  10. Babasola says:

    Mourinho’s put his tactical hat on
    Starting with his Big-game-relishing players (Rashford & Lingard)
    With his bullies (Pogba,Lukaku & Fellaini) on the bench to come in 2nd half and nullify our steady 2nd half excels
    Looks like a brilliant idea
    Hope we have more in the bag for him

    (By the way, Ramsey’s the major Big-Game-Relishing Player Arsenal has)

  11. Sue says:


    1. Babasola says:

      Guendouzi worries me more
      He’s at the heart of the team
      Any mistake, we’ll concede cheap goals

      1. Sue says:

        Like we just did

        1. sauce NY says:

          needs to come off at half

      2. Chabaloah says:

        I did say this to Jon Fox before that Guendouzi has talent but he is not a replacement for what Xhaka gives us in the middle yet. He is error prone and although he is more mobile, he does not dictate as well as Xhaka yet. Like it or not it’s Xhaka and Torreira that make our midfield work better.

        If laca comes on and Mhiki plays a false nine it might be ok but I’m not confident we can win without Xhaka and Ramsey on the pitch, we are losing the midfield battle at the moment.

        1. jon fox says:

          What nonsense about Xhaka. Guendouzi is miles better , changes play and direction , is fast, is aware, is committed and miles ahead of slow,cumbersome Xhaka. Xhaka being out tonight was a massive bonus for us. That should be obvious to all who REALLY know about football.

          1. Break-on-through says:

            I was worried we’d miss Xhaka for tonight’s game because himself and Torriera are playing well over this run, as a two. He is a little prone to an error but so can Guendouzi be. Tonight Guendouzi had a great game, terrific performance. Though I will state, that the minutes which most of these players on show, gave over the last few weeks, well it showed. Guendouzi had more energy about him than Torriera and others, and I think it is possible that he would’ve started this game either way, whether Xhaka was fit or not.

            I don’t like how fans are quick to turn on players when the team is on such a great run. I heard people getting on Iwobi’s case, even though he played a fair part in this run but has just fallen a little off form over the last few games. But the run is 20 games long. Ozil fans esp need not be double standard about this stuff. Xhaka played a part in the London derby, our best performance of the season, so say the many. He has also played a huge part along this run. Fans are like vipers, this place resembles a cesspool as the games are in play.

  12. Break-on-through says:

    Fuk yeah!!!

  13. FootballisTrivial says:

    Iwobi is too nervous, giving the ball away needlessly.

    1. Rkw says:

      Coz he’s just a mediocre footballer …

  14. FootballisTrivial says:

    Martial taking diving lessons. Nice.

  15. FootballisTrivial says:

    Referee missing grey matter.

  16. Tim says:

    Oh well we’re losing this one 🙁

    1. Declan says:

      Not st the moment we’re not!

  17. Rkw says:

    Back to reality … Ramsey iwobi bellerin mustafi are not the future of this club …

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Your timing is weird.

  18. Sue says:

    It’s all going Pete Tong… we’re not playing very well… Lichtsteiner has come on… amazes me how Iwobi is in the team every week….the only game changer we have on the bench is Laca… and we had to rely on a De Gea howler for our goal!!!
    Please guys pick it up in the 2nd half ?

    1. Declan says:

      Yes Sue but their goal was from a howler from our defence too so it’s even, cmon, head up girl!

      1. Sue says:

        And Herrera was offside…

    2. Goona says:

      Iwobi and Mkhi are a let down especially now that Ozil is out of the picture.we need need to sign an attacking mid.

  19. Invisible says:

    Second half coming up, time for Emery to wake the boys.

  20. Serbian Gunner says:

    Are we playing against Stoke? Plus refereeing from Fergies times

    1. FootballisTrivial says:

      Exactly. United clearly cannot handle Arsenal’s pressing and are hence lashing out, and diving.

  21. Thought the performance was good. Barely any clear chances on both sides but we are holding well. I expect a scrappy win but will be satisfied with a draw. Utd need the result more than us so hopefully they will expose themselves coming at us and we will nick a goal.

  22. Arsha says:

    Arsenal cannot lead at half time;confirmed. This game is so physical that I guess a player is gonna be sent off. Finger crossed.

  23. Ayo Luxe says:

    Reading comments here during matches will give you heartache

  24. FootballisTrivial says:

    Mike Dean was officiating better than this tool.

    1. Sue says:

      Didn’t he send Gibbs off instead of Ox?? Will be amazed if there are no red cards tonight……Oh please come on Arsenal

      1. FootballisTrivial says:

        How the hell is he still officiating after that howler? LoL

  25. FootballisTrivial says:

    Stupid Martial got recked by Sokratis. Deserved it that diving shitface.

  26. FootballisTrivial says:

    Unai has taken a big gamble by using all substitutes. Man United are clearly trying to give our players soft injuries.

  27. FootballisTrivial says:

    United dirty piece of crap.

  28. Van payslip says:

    Mikhi u idiot how can u miss that

  29. FootballisTrivial says:

    So this where Sanchez went? A team trying to be Stoke City.

  30. Palash says:

    WTF is happening Fellaini pulled his hair

  31. FootballisTrivial says:

    Fellaini pulled his hair. Referee was right next to it. What the flying efff

  32. FootballisTrivial says:

    That guy took out guendouzi!! Wtf. Is this referee for real????

    1. Declan says:

      Had his back to it but will be picked up after an£ that cheat ‘C’ Fellaini will get a ban.

  33. Break-on-through says:

    We were the better side but for some sloppiness, there for the taking, but good point all the same.

  34. Sue says:

    Love Laca, he’s scored against all the big teams!
    I’m gutted we didn’t win & led TWICE only to bloody draw…… Chelsea lost though ?

    1. Declan says:

      Effing spuds went above us though

      1. Sue says:

        That’s crap Declan…. after how we were all feeling on Sunday, it’s back down to earth with a thud…. really peeved.. certainly feels like a loss to me

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          Don’t be too hard on yourself Sue, I’m also a bit disappointed we never took all three points but it least we never lost. you must remember we played in a very high tempo game at the weekend and put in 120% effort. Also I’m sure you noticed that United had their usual extra day’s rest which we know is given to them on every possible occasion. I’m sure if it was a Cup Final played on a neutral ground with both teams having the same rest period we’d have won. What makes me laugh though is when a goal is given when Herriera, who was clearly offside but deemed not important by the tv presenters because it was fractional, however when we score one as in the case of Lacazette last year against Stoke City, they spent ten minutes looking to see if his little toe was in an offside position and then declared “offside is offside, don’t matter how small the margin.

          1. Sue says:

            Yes everything goes United’s way as usual Kenny! Fellaini was his usual dirty self, yanking Guendouzi’s hair like that – idiot. I just hate it when we lead then let it slip! Oh well if I’m still gutted tomorrow after work I’ll watch the NLD highlights…that’ll cheer me up for sure ?
            On to Saturday.. 20 & counting…..

          2. Kenny Rolfe says:

            Pulling a players hair is a sending off offence. Fellaini will face possible retrospective action, then again it is Manchester United so I won’t be holding my breath.

          3. Sue says:

            Very true Kenny!

          4. jon fox says:

            Sue , I am with KENNY and feel you are being a little hard on us. With four points from these two games we should be really happy, esp as we were clearly better in both games than them. Think how far we have come since August. It is brilliant! I predicted a hard fought draw and am satisfied with that, overall, though I agree about bad the refs decisions. Like your final line though and that is the way to think now onwards.

  35. I am happy with the performance. We looked dominant especially towards the end and Auba forced a miracle save from De Gea. Not bad at all. We must get a right winger soon!

    1. Sue says:

      I wanted the blood bath you predicted earlier ? knew it was going to be dodgy! Big up to Laca though ?

      1. Yes but at least we gave them problems! Unfortunately I think Kolasinac though solid defensively, did not cross well. We need Monreal back. He supports attack better. Also right side of the team was lacking creativity. Torreira and Guendozi worked hard in the middle but blunders at the back lost us the game. Anyways am not really disappointed, away games are always tough as Chelsea were rudely reminded today.

        1. Sue says:

          Monreal is back in training. At least Xhaka is back for Huddersfield. Holding & Ramsey injured though ☹ urgh….. Iwobi is doing my head in again

        2. Lugdush says:

          What?? Kolasinac was our best attacker today..he Is allways running behind the back oficina defenses and took good crosses…i remember auba and Miki missing big chances from Kola

          1. Adienl says:

            Kolasinac was a beast.

  36. Palash says:

    We deserved to win but have to say I was surprised by the cheap tactics of mourinho, I think the sloppiness shown by the defence was due to fatigue this is our 3rd game in 6-7 days I think one more to come this Saturday.

  37. FootballisTrivial says:

    I want to smash the referee and some Man Utd players.

    1. Sue says:

      Join the queue

  38. Palash says:

    @Quantic Dream winger + attacking midfielder,ozil and Mikhi both are not gud mikhi missed a simple opportunity

    1. I know right! Mkhitaryan is such a disappointment I hope something happens and he rediscovers his BVB form. As for Ozil, he wouldn’t have put in half the work rate Guendozi did in that midfield 2. Then again maybe if he were available Emery would have gone with 3 in midfield.

  39. Goonerboy says:

    Chelsea will lose against City on saturday and we will win against Huddersfield, bsck to Top 4

  40. Innit says:

    I’m satisfied with the result but not with United tactics and the referee

    Played a hard fought match and drew at Old Trafford. Not bad

    Now let’s beat Huddersfield and give all our starters a rest against Qarabag

  41. FootballisTrivial says:

    The commentators were going on about how both teams were playing great. I guess they thought the kung fu, boxing, and wwe presented by United was a better display of footballing ability than Arsenal.

  42. Break-on-through says:

    Fellaini the giant hairdo, gets a trim, then starts pulling on peoples hair. What is it with that guy and hair, Bellerin and Elneny should watch out, or the Fellaini monster will get them.

    1. Sue says:

      He’s such an idiot

  43. Tom says:

    Alot of energy exerted in the last 3 days. I think that was showing today. Compounded with not having a larger squad to work with (Ozil, Welbeck…)
    Fair result but we talk about progress and we can safely say areas of improvement is still obvious.

    6.75 out of 10 performance after a 10 out of 10 against spurs

    1. Sue says:

      Yes but leading twice & ending up drawing…. like a punch in the gut ?

      1. John Wick says:

        Feels like a defeat Sue and Lingard scoring and that stupid dance Grrrrrrrr so angry ?

        1. Sue says:

          Glad it’s not just me John, I’m so pi**ed off… He reminds me of the witch out of wizard of oz ?
          Still can’t beat a poor United… gutted

          1. Sue says:

            Plus Herrera was offside for Martial’s goal…. that bloody ref was worse than Mike Dean & I didn’t think that was possible!!!

          2. Adienl says:

            The ref acted like he was out on an evening stroll in Disneyland. Noticed how long he took to blow for obvious fouls? What was he waiting for to happen? His dying brain cells to reform? Bloody hell that cuck.

          3. Sue says:

            He hadn’t got a bloody clue… what a complete muppet

          4. Goona says:

            Seems like Utd raise their game somewhat when we are in town,gutted we couldnt steal it but proud of the lads .Rojo and Fellaini should have been sent off for those fouls on our golden boy

          5. Sue says:

            Exactly…. every time I watch them v another team, they’re useless… but when we turn up… well enough said

          6. John Wick says:

            Haha he’s got the same nose as her Sue ? 13 seconds we held the lead for ? That’s unacceptable and some fans are happy with the point! Haven’t won a single league game there in 12 years and it goes on! We will never get a better chance to beat them cos they are without exaggerating a bad bad team! I need to get my mind off the game or I’m gonna break something ?

          7. Sue says:

            Ha you won’t want to watch MOTD then! Although watching Wolves beat Chelsea may help a little ?

          8. John Wick says:

            Haha yeah that’s positive Sue but we got leapfrogged by dare I say it ?

          9. John Wick says:

            Yes agree absolutely Sue dived and offside and that referee was as bad as Fellaini’s hair! And laca goal should have stood keeper had ball in one hand, they need to clear that rule up cos I honestly think they don’t know themselves! Let’s take comfort that they will get smashed at anfield next weekend and we won’t have to see the wicked witch of the west do that Milly rock or whatever the damn stupid dance is called ?

          10. Sue says:

            Conned by the ref…. makes it even worse!! What is it with these damn refs…. been terrible… trouble is John I can’t stand Liverpool either ?? a 0-0 draw will do me ???

          11. John Wick says:

            That’s why none of those clowns went to the world cup ? haha take comfort that Fulham will beat them Saturday ? ah well we move on Sue lets make it 21 at the weekend then we got a week off, can’t imagine anyone but the reserves will play against Qarabag ?

          12. Sue says:

            Yes let’s John! That’ll cheer us up a good home win ?

          13. John Wick says:

            Damn right Sue ? we’ll finally lead at half time I’ll come back here and say I told you so ? enjoy Motd I can’t and won’t watch that game again ?

          14. Sue says:

            I don’t blame you, I don’t want to see it either – one to forget hey!!

    2. FootballisTrivial says:

      Did nobody notice that only one team was playing football, while the other were more interested in WWE?

      1. John Wick says:

        Yeah man u is joining rugby union next season onwards ?

  44. Palash says:

    Haha haha anyone watching post match talk the look on giggs face is priceless when he was asked about 20 game unbeaten run by the host

  45. RSH says:

    A point at OT is never a bad thing, and we didn’t play badly either. I think the boys will be disappointed they conceded immediately after scoring for sure. 20 games unbeaten though so not much to complain about, Emery still going strong and we are still keeping pace with the top 4 which is our main objective this season. Let’s bounce back next match and get those 3 points. Loss of Holding hurts though 🙁

    1. Sue says:

      My husband just said to me ‘you got a point at Old Trafford that’s alright’ ? I’m glad our unbeaten run didn’t end against those bell ends…. but… sigh……. have to move on to Huddersfield now

  46. Mobella says:

    I can’t remember the last time a draw at oldtraford feel like a fair result. We could have won it if it isnot the sloppiness of our defense and Jose do stokescity tactic in the match. I will take the draw but I feel the team deserves better.

  47. Palash says:

    Hope that’s not a long term injury to holding.Anybody know when will kos and mavropanos return to full fitness

    1. Sue says:

      Koscielny played for U21’s last night… I think Mavropanos is back in training this month some time ?

  48. jon fox says:

    No one has yet properly praised the obvious passion and work rate that all players gave throughout. YES there were mistakes by both sides but I much enjoyed a blood and thunder all out Prem game played by MEN not boys and was immensely proud of our team and club tonight. I really wanted to slap the idiot McManaman for his ludicrous comments on BT SPORT. Never thought I would welcome Michal Owen back instead, but I do now. I thought all gave 100% and that Torreira and Guendouzi stood out admirably for us. Guendouzi is miles ahead of cumbersome, slow and slow witted Xhaka at changing play, being mobile and setting up attacks. Anyone who still prefers the woeful Xhaka to Guendouzi is barking mad , in my view. Proud of you all, Arsenal!!!

    1. Adienl says:

      Oh please, Man United were trying to injure Arsenal players. Playing like Stoke City. Disgraceful team. Disgraceful coach. I spit on them.

      1. Sue says:

        I agree about disgraceful team/coach…. a matchday in heaven!

        1. Sue says:

          Match made in heaven!!

    2. Chabaloah says:

      Jon Fox I am sorry but I have to disagree wholly with you.

      Guendouzi gave away the free kick that eventually led to their goal, although he was mobile, it was obvious that the physicality of United impeded our midfield. He is also slower with decision making and usually takes an extra touch before playing the ball sometimes slowing us down.

      He is better as a sub and it is clear why Xhaka is preferred by the manager to play – Xhaka pushes the ball quicker and even when Guendouzi is subbed on, Xhaka stays on. You could see United were targetting Guendouzi and the space he would occupy for obvious reasons.

      If it had been Xhaka and Torreira in the middle with Ramsey, we might have had more opportunities for the overlap because of the transition.

      Considering we could have won and our players got injured 3 players in Holding, Ramsey and possibly Mustafi, Torreira almost himself, this is not a good result. Losing one of our most consistent defenders, along with our man who has the most assists and another injured, this was not a good game.

      1. RSH says:

        There is still naivety to his game since he is so young. I thought there were pros and cons for him. I actually did miss Xhaka very much this game (though this is also a game he couldve finally gotten another red in too). And yes, the injuries are not good at all considering we are heading towards holiday congestion of matches. Holding’s really hurts. It looks serious and I have to hope it’s just a month max.

  49. Footballistrivial says:

    The referee almost cost us the game but the team fought really hard. A 8/10 performance and 10/10 display of fight and spirit. And mourinho, that scared little c*nt, had to resort to thuggery to get a draw.

  50. COYG_CA says:

    Total Man-Ure thugism . . . easy to see their plan was to be overly physical!

  51. Rkw says:

    A point at OT is never a bad outcome but this is the worst man utd team in a decade so it feels like 2 points dropped then again our performance in first 45 was woeful .. Just hope it’s the last time we see Iwobi ant Ramsey starting … Hapless pairing .. Emery has to find ways of getting more out of aub laca ozil combo … And a new right back and centre half essential .. The difference van dyke has made to lpool defense shows what a good purchase can do at back

    1. Sue says:

      I honestly don’t know how or why Iwobi starts every week

      1. RSH says:

        We’ve got limited options. Miki is worse, and it seems Emery is trying to keep some defensive balance by not starting Auba and Lacazette. Or, Auba Emery at least realizes Auba is out of the match for 90% of time time he is wide. January, I think we will definitely be looking for a wide players. What we have, isn’t very sufficient.

  52. Gily says:

    Happy we came away with 1 point after 90+ minutes with another Stoke City United. That means we are improving muscle wise. United had only one mission – injure Arsenal players – and they succeeded in giving us injuries, both those who had to be substituted and those yet to feel the kicks later. Let hope they are not so serious.

    1. Sue says:

      And Man United get away with it… surprise surprise! The way I see it is that is 2 points dropped (again)

      1. Gily says:

        Exactly Sue, but why should I complain when we could simply have lost such a match in the near past.

  53. Ayo Luxe says:

    Say all you want about Xhaka, he controls the midfield, stretch the opponent and gives us more directness.

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