Manchester United travel to Arsenal on Sunday afternoon hoping to blow the Premier League title race open with a victory.
The Red Devils are in terrific form but were held to a draw at Crystal palace in midweek after Michael Olise scored a late free kick. They face an Arsenal side currently leading the title race, most recently recording an easy 2-0 win at Tottenham.
Here’s the side manager Erik ten Hag may deploy as United seek a first league win at Arsenal since 2017.
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GK: David de Gea – Spoke of his disappointment at Casemiro’s suspension but urged his side to move on from that and the 1-1 draw at Palace.
RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Diogo Dalot’s recent absence has opened the door for Wan-Bissaka, who has repaid Ten Hag’s faith with some impressive performances.
CB: Raphael Varane – Has been physically dominant in aerial duels during United’s excellent recent run.
CB: Lisandro Martinez – Came back into central defence against Palace and started some flowing attacks with quick passing from the back.
LB: Luke Shaw – Has had a spell at centre back and Ten Hag has hinted he will be used there again in the future. Should come up against England teammate Bukayo Saka.
CM: Christian Eriksen – Has been United’s most diligent supplier of assists this season with seven while operating in a deeper role.
CM: Fred – Casemiro made eight tackles in total against Palace. That’s the size of the task awaiting Fred, who is expected to come into central midfield for his suspended compatriot.
RW: Antony – Has scored twice this month in cup competitions, though the former Ajax winger’s Premier League outings have been far quieter.
AM: Bruno Fernandes – Was awake when City were sleeping to score that heavily debated goal last weekend. Looking to score at the Emirates for the first time.
LW: Marcus Rashford – Man Utd’s main goal threat and somehow shook off an injury to score the winner in the Manchester derby.
ST: Wout Weghorst – Made his debut in midweek against Palace and played a key role in opening up space for Bruno Fernandes’ goal.