Man United vs Arsenal
Old Trafford, Manchester
Monday, 30-09-2019 @10pm
Referee: Kevin Friend
Man United host Arsenal in the last game of the Premier League match-day 7 at Old Trafford.
Both sides have had a slow start to the campaign and will be desperate for victory in what was once the biggest fixture in the division.
United have been worse off in recent times as several injuries have seen them win just one of their previous five league games (D2 L2).
For Arsenal, the have been slightly better performing better than their opponents as they are currently on a three-match unbeaten run (W1 D2).
With just three points and as many places separating the two on the log, Monday’s game promises to be a cracker.
United are likely to be without injured forwards Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, so Mason Greenwood, 17, may start his first league game this season. Midfielder Paul Pogba is a doubt because of an ankle problem he picked up against Rochdale, but left-back Luke Shaw is back in training.
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is ruled out with an ankle injury. Dinos Mavropanos is available for selection after a groin problem. Emile Smith Rowe is sidelined by a concussion, but Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are all fit, with the latter available to make his Premier League debut.
Arsenal are without a win in their last 12 top-flight away games at Manchester United and have won just three of 27 Premier League matches at Old Trafford. All three of those victories were by a 1-0 scoreline and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played for the Red Devils in all three of those defeats. Arsenal are aiming to win consecutive league matches against Manchester United for the first time since 2006-07.
Manchester United have lost three of their last six Premier League home games, as many as they had in their previous 52 at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have not lost consecutive home games against sides from London since December 2001 when they were defeated by Chelsea and West Ham. Manchester United’s Premier League record under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is 14 wins, six draws and seven defeats – matching their results in Jose Mourinho’s final 27 matches. They could fail to reach double figures in points after seven matches of a top-flight season for the first time since 1989-90. The Red Devils finished 13th in that campaign. Solskjaer’s side have scored more than one goal in only one of their last 11 Premier League matches – their 4-0 win against Chelsea on the opening weekend. Manchester United have been awarded four penalties this season, the most in the Premier League, while Arsenal have conceded the most (three).
The Gunners have kept only one clean sheet in their last 11 league matches. They have conceded at least twice in each of their last four league games – they’ve not let in two or more goals in five consecutive top-flight games since August 1985. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 13 goals in his last 13 Premier League starts. However, he has failed to score or provide an assist in all eight Premier League away appearances against sides from the established top six. Nicolas Pepe has converted 10 penalties since the start of last season, the joint-most in Europe’s top five leagues (prior to the latest round of matches).