Manchester United vs Arsenal live Soccer: Watch Online Game, how to watch Online Live Stream, TV Schedule, Online TV Channel, Odds, Game Time and more info. When: Sunday at 11 a.m. ET, Where: Emirates Stadium in London, England, TV: NBCSN
A big night awaits football aficionados as Manchester United will take on Arsenal in a match that is crucial to the Champions League dreams of both teams.
Arsenal and Manchester United are teams that have both struggled to maintain a consistent winning form this season, and their encounter will be a crucial match since it will decide their fate as far as Champions League qualification is concerned. Manchester United still have a chance to qualify through the Europa League, but for Arsenal, this match will be do-or-die.
Although the Gunners’ defeat against Spurs did not destroy their chances of a top-four finish, they will play United as they sit nine points behind Liverpool, which is currently in the fourth spot, with two games in hand.
Granit Xhaka may have returned to training, but he still faces a late fitness test due to an injury he picked up against Tottenham last weekend, and will be doubtful for this match.
David Ospina is said to be fit despite complaining about a back injury. Shkodran Mustafi has returned to full training after a thigh injury, and Lucas Perez is also likely to be fit for this game.
As far as tactics are concerned, Arsene Wenger needs to engage a more attacking gameplay since a draw will not benefit him in any sense. There’s also the added pressure of never being able to one-up Mourinho in the Premier League. Defensively, Wenger has been experimenting and it did pay off in certain matches, but it has been a lukewarm affair so far.
Seeing how chants of ‘Wenger Out’ are not dying anytime soon, Arsenal needs to win at all costs, especially since they need to fight for a Champions League spot.
Whether Wenger will play with a back three or revert to his older playing style can tell a lot about the kind of mindset the manager is in. His experimentation paid off, but it failed to do anything in their recent few matches, and knowing the magnitude of this game, he would stick to what he feels is working best for the team.
Predicted line-up: Cech; Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xhaka, Ramsey, Gibbs; Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud
Jose Mourinho will rest several Manchester United players against Arsenal, owing to a Celta Vigo semi-final second leg clash which awaits them.
Marcus Rashford is likely to be one of them after limping off in the first leg semi-final against Celta de Vigo, and so could Ashley Young after he left the field shortly due to a hamstring complaint.
United’s Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini is banned from domestic games, and this comes at a rather bad time for Mourinho. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Tim Fosu-Mensah will all remain sidelined.
Jose Mourinho’s prioritising skills will be tested in this match as he needs to balance out his players such that a positive result can be obtained from this game, as well as the upcoming semi-final clash against Celta de Vigo. Bringing out players like Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Michael Carrick can be beneficial given their experience and knowledge of Wenger’s tricks.
The defence will have to be extra strong today, considering how Arsenal likes to engage in sudden spurts of attack. United have been performing pretty well defensively, and that will end up being a key factor in the ultimate result of this match. Also, if they score the first goal, the Red Devils will have an advantage since they can restrict Arsenal after that point and ensure they maintain possession to build frustration upon Wenger and his men.
Predicted line-up: De Gea; Valencia, Tuanzebe, Blind, Young; Carrick, Herrera, Pogba; Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Martial
One of the biggest clashes remaining this season in European soccer arrives on Sunday when Arsenal hosts Manchester United. Both are contenders for a top-four spot, and neither can afford to lose this one.
The Gunners are in sixth and nine points back of fourth, with two matches in hand, while United is four points back of fourth-place Liverpool entering this one. Win, and you still have a shot. Draw or lose, and it could be the end their chances of Champions League qualification (United can still qualify if it wins the Europa League).
Arsenal’s 20-year-long record of securing Champions League soccer could come to an end if Arsene Wenger’s side fail to overcome an injury stricken Manchester United on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho has suggested he will field a weakened side for the Premier League tie after confirming his ambitions in the UEFA Europa League in mid-week following United’s 1-0 win over Celta Vigo.
Here is what the fans have to say about their two clubs:
Arsenal: Boyd Hilton, host of the Footballistically Arsenal [www.arsenalpodcast.net]
“I am deeply stressed out about this weekend’s game against Manchester United because it’s a game we should win against a manager who always finds a way of beating us.
“I think this game will end 1-1 because United are the draw specialists and we are just the mediocrity specialists right now.
“I feel like we could and should have beaten them in the reverse fixture this season but we’re just not quite capable of getting a result against a top six team away … ever.
“I’m mainly intrigued to see what team Jose Mourinho picks considering he’s said he’ll choose youngsters because the European game is his priority. I think the biggest battle will be Marcus Rashford versus our not very amazing three-man defence – if he plays. I’d be surprised if Mesut Ozil caused any of United’s players a moment’s concern.
“I don’t think United need to park the bus against us. They can do what every team does – allow us possession and watch us play our slow predictable game – unless Arsene Wenger suddenly picks Alexis Sanchez to play up front again. He played in this position when we were actually playing well earlier this season but Wenger seems to have forgotten about that.”
Manchester United: Robert Meakin, host of The Manchester United Redcast. [www.unitedredcast.com]
“Any Manchester United versus Arsenal clash a decade ago would be one of the biggest fixtures on the calendar but now it’s slipped down the pecking order.
“The long-running feud between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger inevitably spices things up, not to mention United desperately needing the three points if they want to remain serious about a top four place.
“I think we’ll draw 1-1 this weekend. United could be still be weary after their Europa semi-final, and I’m not convinced they’ll have enough to nick it.