The weekend draw saw Manchester United toil to draw at 2-2 against Southampton and a win against their confident rivals Arsenal tomorrow would somehow get them going in the right direction.
Jose Mourinho admits that it will be a difficult match, given their defensive injury crisis – Alexis Sanchez, Victor Lindelof (both thigh) and Matteo Darmian (knocks). However, a possible respite came in form of some key players in the provisional squad – Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Matteo Darmian.
Man United have also experienced recent setbacks against Crystal Palace and Manchester City, which means they have to exert above than average display to redeem themselves. Ahead of the match, the hosts are eight points away from the feisty guests.
The Gunners, on the other hand, are enjoying a superb performance under boss Unai Emery, who just came from a derby victory against Tottenham at 4-2. A victory in this midweek match would mean a first league win at the Old Trafford for Arsenal for over 12 years. It could also mean another slip down the Premier League table for Man United to the 10th.
Going back in history, Manchester United are dominant of the Old Trafford, not letting Arsenal bring home victory since September 2006. The only defeat this term for The Red Devils was the 3-0 loss to Tottenham last August. However, it’s not an assurance that it will be enough for them to thwart a confident rival, who were unbeaten in their last 12 league games and 19 matches in all competitions.
Despite an uninspired form, Man United coach Mourinho still believes that they are going to be at the top four. A win for them will not change their current stand on the table but this could bring confidence to the team who are about to readjust their December target.