Arsenal’s North London Derby against Tottenham was filled with goals and it could well be the case against Manchester United as Unai Emery’s men face another blockbuster clash.
Often in recent times, United have held the whip hand in this power struggle but it’s clear that the visitors come here in the better form. Unai Emery has quickly gotten the best out of his side in his first season and his tactical interventions at half time changed the course of the North London Derby on its head. The addition of Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey gave Arsenal more pace and energy that they used to overwhelm their rivals and a 4-2 victory was entirely deserved.
If anything, the scoreline flattered the visitors given that Bernd Leno should have saved Dier’s goal before a blatant dive from Heung Min-Son gave Harry Kane a penalty that he duly tucked away. However, in the second half there was a complete onslaught that the visitors could not handle, and it must go down as one of the most impressive performances seen this season.
Meanwhile United dropped yet more points with a 2-2 draw against Southampton and they are seventh, eight points off a Champions League place. Jose Mourinho had reportedly told Brazilian television network RedeTV that United needed a “miracle” to finish in the top four and whilst he walked back those comments, it was another poor result and the pressure is once again sky high on Mourinho.
His relationship with Paul Pogba is under strain yet again and it was left to Marcus Rashford to inspire a comeback from 2-0 down with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera earning the visitors a point. For a sign of how things have changed between the two sides, United were 4/11 to beat Arsenal only in April; They’re now as big as 11/8 for a win.
And that price does not make much appeal either, even with home advantage. United have failed to win on six occasions at Old Trafford this season and they have only won half of their 6 Premier League games at Old Trafford here. Arsenal have won four of their six games on the road this season and look solid at 19/10.
For those who want to avoid the match odds, this could be a high scoring encounter. In 22 of the combined 28 head to head games we’ve seen over 2.5 goals but both sides were involved in thrillers last weekend and Over 3.5 could be a real runner. Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored with each of his last 10 shots on target in the Premier League whilst the Gunners have scored two goals at least in all of their away games in the league so far. Only Crystal Palace have failed to score at Old Trafford.
Man Utd v Arsenal
20:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
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APR 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 Arsenal
DEC 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United
MAY 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United
NOV 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal
FEB 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 3-2 Arsenal
OCT 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United
MAY 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal
MAR 2015 FA CUP Manchester 1-2 Arsenal
NOV 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United
FEB 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United
Mourinho’s injury problems led to him naming a back three with two midfielders last week but they’ve had issues defending all season and even the return of Chris Smalling or Eric Bailly to the fold might not prevent this from being a goal-fest.
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