North London club, Arsenal, will play hosts to Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium and would be willing to put an abrupt end to Solksjaer’s honeymoon period. Manchester United are basking in the glory of a 7-game run that has seen Pogba and Rashford hit top-form and wouldn’t stop short of making sure that run continues. Let’s take a critical look at both teams
The Gunners who are the most successful side in this competition would shift focus from the Premier league – one in which they have been overly inconsistent and poor at the back – to the FA Cup.
Arsenal will be coming off the back of a 2-0 win over Chelsea in what was an interesting match-up. The match results would be a big booster to the club’s morale. However, if that morale would stand a chance against a rejuvenated and in-form Manchester United is what fans and viewers would be dying to see.
Let’s take a look at the club’s run of form
Recent form (in all competitions): W L W W L D
The ‘Baby-faced assassin’ has led United to heights they haven’t seen since the Post-Fergie era. The red devils are seemingly back in touch with their philosophy and are on track to cause a big disruption to the season’s top four.
That said, the FA Cup is a different competition. Whether United will be able to win the greatest club to have graced the competition is what fans are in to watch.
Worthy of note is that Manchester United have only lost five games in 11 years against their rivals and they will be looking to make it another win.
Recent form (in all competition): W W W W W W
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Arsenal fans were shocked when the news of Hector Bellerin’s injury broke out. He will be out with a knee injury for up to nine months. Other unavailable players include: Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck who are out with knee and ankle injuries respectively.
Henrikh Mkhirtaryan, Konstatinos Mavropanos and Emile Smith Rowe remain doubts for the tie.
On the flip side, Shaw and Fellaini will be out for the red devils. Shaw, Rojo, Smalling will be assessed for the cup tie with Shaw and Rojo recently returning to training.
Possible Starting Line-Up
Cech; Lichsteiner, Mustafi, Sokratis, Monreal; Xhaka, Guendouzi; Iwobi, Ozil, Willock; Lacazette
De Gea; Shaw, Lindelöf, Bailly, Young; Matic, Pogba, Herrera; Alexis, Mata, Lukaku
We say Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United