Manchester United will look to revive their English Premier League season when they host an in-form Arsenal side at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have experienced a poor run of results in the recent matches and now have a new interim manager.
Manchester United have won five matches, drawn three, and lost five matches in the current season. Manchester United were lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw away at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in the previous Premier League fixture. The Red Devils are winless in their last three Premier League games, and their league position has also dropped.
The team has scored 21 goals and conceded 22. They have conceded 12 goals in their last five games, including five against Liverpool and four against Watford. The expected goal rate of the team is 18.67. Manchester United have created the second-highest number of counterattacks in the league and have attempted 167 shots this season. The team averages around 13 shots per match and 57 attempted shots have been on target.
Against Chelsea, they only attempted three shots in the match, with two shots on target. The goal was scored after an error from Jorginho, and Chelsea’s goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had little work to do in the whole match.
Manchester United’s captain Harry Maguire returns from suspension for this match and will straight away take his place in the starting XI. Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Raphael Varane are out with injuries. The club will assess the situation of Luke Shaw, who missed the previous game against Chelsea.
Arsenal returned to winning ways after their unbeaten streak of eight matches ended in the gameweek 12 against Liverpool. They earned a comfortable 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in the last match. The Gunners have now won seven and drawn two matches. They have scored 15 goals with an expected goal rate of 21.24 and conceded 17.
Arsenal showed dominant performance against a struggling Newcastle United. They had 65% of the possession and created 48 positional attacks in the match. Mikel Arteta’s men attempted 21 shots and had six shots on target. Eight shots were attempted in the first half, while 13 were attempted in the second half. The Gunners created a threat towards the end of the first half and at the start of the second half.
Emile Smith-Rowe and Pierre Emrick-Aubameyang are the leading goalscorers with four goals each. Bukayo Saka’s inclusion remains a doubt in this game after the youngster suffered a minor injury against Newcastle United. There are no fresh injury concerns for the visitors.
Manchester United have named Ralf Ragnick as their new manager, but his work visa problems might delay his debut for the club. They have a huge task in hand when they face an Arsenal side full of young talent. The home team is in desperate need of three points to catch the Premier League leaders and will focus on doing so in this midweek fixture.