Arsenal vs Manchester United highlights and reaction as Mason Greenwood makes league debut

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Manchester United fell to fifth in the Premier League after tasting defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates with goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Unai Emery’s side started the better team and dominated proceedings but almost fell behind early on when Romelu Lukaku saw his close range effort cannon off the crossbar.

Arsenal continued with their strong possession play and soon took the lead when Xhaka unleashed an effort from 25-yards which swerved late and flew past David de Gea in the United goal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side battled for a way back into the match and almost drew level when Fred’s speculative effort hit the post and went wide for a corner. Lukaku has had a few good opportunities to score but was denied twice by keeper Bernd Leno, before Aubameyang dispatched a penalty after a foul by Fred in the box.

Scroll down to see how all of the action unfolded from the Emirates.

KEY EVENTS

18:45

Souness blaming United’s midfield

Graeme Souness, who’s a pundit on Sky this afternoon, is blaming United’s midfield for the defeat: “Arsenal started well and grabbed the initiative. United huffed and puffed for most of the game. It wasn’t the United in recent weeks and the biggest reason was that the midfield was off the pace. Fred, Matic, Pogba couldn’t get near them.”

18:35

Solskjaer went over to applaud the fans

They always put in a good shift.

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United fans still in good spirits

They were still in fine voice at full time.

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United’s unbeaten run comes to an end

United couldn’t make it 10 rows in a row away from home in all competitions but Solskjaer will have positives to take from that.

They’ll rue the chances they missed and the two mistakes which let Arsenal score.

18:27KEY EVENT

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18:26

Full time

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91 minutes

Ball into the area from Young and it’s a free header for Rashford which is collected by Leno.

2-018:21

In to injury time

Five minutes of injury time added on, can United salvage a point? It’s not looking likely.

2-018:20

88 minutes

Kolasinac shown a yellow for holding back Greenwood.

2-018:16

85 minutes

Five minutes left of normal time and United still trailing by two. It’s not been a terrible performance from United but there has been some sloppy passing at times and they’ve failed to take their chances.

2-018:10

Change for both sides

Aubameyang – OFF and Suarez – ON

Greenwood is ON for Matic.

18:09

79 minutes

Greenwood about to come on for his Premier League debut.

2-018:08

Attempts watch

Arsenal -14

United – 13

But we’re lacking on efforts on target.

2-018:08

76 minutes

Martial with a ball in to the area from the left, Lukaku’s header is wide of the post. Goal kick.

2-018:06

75 minutes – booking for Pogba

Pogba now shown a yellow for bringing down Xhaka.

2-018:04

Pitch invader after Arsenal’s goal

Unacceptable.

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72 minutes – booking

Nemanja Matic has been shown a yellow card.

2-018:02

70 minutes

A great chance for Lacazette after Lindelof misjudges the bounces of the ball to give the Arsenal attacker a sight of goal but he drags his shot wide. 2

2-018:01

Change for United -69 minutes

Martial has come on for Dalot and United have switched to a 4-3-3.

17:59KEY EVENT

68 minutes – Goal Aubameyang

Aubameyang scores from the spot to double Arsenal’s lead.

2-017:58

67 minutes – Penalty to Arsenal

Lacazette goes down after a touch from Fred and it’s a penalty to the home side.

1-017:58

66 minutes

United still pushing forward and it’s another good tackle, this time to deny Fred. United just need to be careful at the back, though, as Arsenal are very quick on the counter.

1-017:56TYRONE MARSHALL

United should be cautious about making a change at the minute

McTominay, Martial and Greenwood warming up for United but I’m not sure this needs a change at the moment. United have been dominant since half-time and despite being behind they’re playing well. Perhaps you could introduce Martial out wide but this system is working for now, with Rashford and Lukaku heavily involved centrally.

17:55

64 minutes

Lovely ball through from Pogba to Rashford who is denied by Leno.

United have had 63% possession but yet to find a breakthrough.

1-017:54

63 minutes

Shaw denied in the area by a very good challenge from Maitland-Niles.

1-017:53

More subs out to warm up

It’d be a big game to throw Greenwood in.

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61 minutes

Arsenal very quick on the counter and Matic clears Aubameyang’s shot.

1-017:49

58 minutes

Rashford takes the free kick and it’s wide of the post.

1-017:48

57 minutes

Arsenal happy to put XI men behind the ball and hit United on the counter which is allowing United more of the ball in the second half. Aubameyang has just pushed Pogba over and United have a free kick on the edge of the area.

1-017:47

Good performance from Lukaku

But, he should have had a couple of goals.

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53 minutes

Pogba pulling Ramsey to the floor by his head, lucky to avoid a booking.

1-017:41

49 minutes

Fred shoots from the edge of the area and it appeared to hit Koscielny on the hand but the referee waves away the penalty shout, replay shows it was his chest, so the ref was right not to give it.

Ball falls to Rashford who plays it through to Lukaku and it’s a good save by Leno to deny him.

1-017:39

48 minutes

United have switched back to a back four and Arsenal have just had a penalty appeal waved away. Rashford tries his luck from outside the area but it’s way over the bar.

1-017:38

Solskjaer to bring on Martial?

That didn’t take long.17:37

47 minutes

Good ball over the top from Matic to Lukaku but Leno rushes out of his box to clear it.

1-017:36

46 minutes

Good ball in to the area by Dalot towards Rashford at the far post but it’s cleared out for a throw.

1-017:36

Second half underway

So, no changes for either side at the break. United are going to have to tighten up at the back and take their chances if they’re going to win this.

1-017:34

No half time changes

As you were for United.17:28

Arsenal only had one shot on target

Positives to take, United’s tactical tweak worked and if they come out on the front foot they should fancy themselves.17:24

Strange half for United

Arsenal definitely edged it and their threat forced Solskjaer to change his set up, which is credit to Emery. But, despite being second best United have had their chances and hit the woodwork twice. The last 10 minutes of the half were better but they’ve looked lethargic.

Martial’s on the bench and fresh having not played since the PSG first leg last month.

17:20KEY EVENT

Half time ratings

De Gea

Major mistake for the goal and kicking poor. 3

Young

Game but ineffective. 5

Dalot

Not maintained momentum from Paris. 5

Lindelof

Panicky. 4

Smalling

One of the better defenders. 6

Shaw

Big threat in attack. 7

Matic

Well off the pace. 3

Pogba

Not involved enough. 5

Fred

Hit the post. 5

Lukaku

Missed a great chance at 0-0 but decent hold-up play. 6

Rashford

Wasteful. 5

17:17

In to added time

Two minutes have been added on.

1-017:16

43 minutes

Brilliant ball from Pogba, great touch from Lukaku to Dalot who plays it back to Rashford, waiting by the penalty spot and it’s a great tackle by Xhaka to deny him, Arsenal had the ball on the counter but the ref’s blown after a collision in the area and they’re furious.

1-017:13

41 minutes

Corner to United, Young takes and it’s headed away by Aubameyang back to Young who loses out to Ramsey and Arsenal have it on the counter.

Offside flag denies them of a good opportunity.

1-017:11

40 minutes

Good link up play between Shaw and Rashford down the left, Lukaku just can’t get to Rashford’s cross.

1-017:09TYRONE MARSHALL

Solskjaer’s adapted United’s game because of Arsenal’s threat

Unusual to see one team playing with two centre forwards in the Premier League these days, never mind both teams in the same game, and that might be a key reason for Solskjaer’s switch to a back three. Arsenal have had a spare man to help deal with Rashford and Lukaku, but Lindelof and Smalling had their hands full with Lacazette and Aubameyang. Dropping Young in gives them a little more protection.

17:08

37 minutes – yellow card

Sokratis shown a yellow for a lunge on Pogba.

1-017:07

35 minutes

Nice play between Pogba and Rashford who plays in Lukaku, shows good strength to hold off Monreal but Leno is down to save the Belgian’s shot, came back to Lukaku who tried to find the waiting Dalot and Fred but couldn’t quite manage it.

1-017:05

33 minutes

Free kick to Arsenal near the half way line as Matic brings down Maitland-Niles, ball towards the area and Young denies Lacazette who shoots from the edge of the area.

1-017:04SAMUEL LUCKHURST

United’s change is a small victory for Emery

United have definitely gone to a back three. Solskjaer was showing three fingers to Pogba and Matic and the message has finally been received. He did say on Friday how difficult Emery’s tactics were to guess and the change in formation by United is a minor victory for the Arsenal coach. 

17:03

Change of formation for United

Back three for United.17:02

30 minutes

Maitland-Niles fouls Shaw to the left of United’s area, free kick given. Shaw takes and it’s cleared as far as Dalot on the edge of the area and his right footed shot is way over the bar.

1-017:01

Solskjaer screaming at his players

Something needs to change.17:00

28 minutes

Aubameyang with a great cross in to the area which is tipped away by De Gea as fair as Maitland-Niles and Shaw manages to clear for a corner.

Foul given for a push in the back from Sokratis.

1-016:59

27 minutes

Lukaku with a ball over the top for Rashford who is tackled from behind to deny the chance, discussion between the United pair followed.

1-016:57

25 minutes

It’s really windy at The Emirates so Pogba’s just tried his luck from range with an audacious effort which was no problem for Leno.

1-016:55

23 minutes

Lacazette causing Lindelof big problems, Smalling deflects his effort out for a corner. Which is taken and then held by De Gea, United had it on the counter but given away cheaply by Fred.

1-016:54

22 minutes

Nice move from United with Fred playing it to Dalot on the right, his cross is headed away as far as Shaw who finds Rashford but it’s a poor effort from the England international and out for a goal kick.

1-016:53

21 minutes

Arsenal quick going forward, Ramsey just blazes his effort over the bar from 10 yards out.

1-016:52SAMUEL LUCKHURST

A weird 20 minutes from United

This has been a really weird 20 minutes from United. They have been by far and away the inferior side but have struck the woodwork twice and should have been ahead. Solskjaer applauded Fred’s attempt, encouraged no doubt by United’s ability to threaten Arsenal without playing at an acceptable level. They are, at least, worrying their hosts and not panicking as much on the ball as they were at 0-0. 

16:50

18 minutes

Fred tries his luck from range and it hits the post and out for a goal kick.

1-016:47

15 minutes

Arsenal really on the front foot here, Lacazette the latest to surge in to the area but his cross is held by De Gea. United just haven’t got going at all.

1-016:46SAMUEL LUCKHURST

United will rue that early chance Lukaku missed

That is appalling from De Gea. Yes, the ball swerves, but it is not as though the ball has turned like Shane Warne’s Ball of the century. There is no excuse for him letting that in. It’s an abysmal error and indefensible.

Unfortunately for Lukaku, his tendency for squandering easy and costly chances continues. This is the first time United are trailing away from home under Solskjaer.

16:45TYRONE MARSHALL

An interesting tactical set up from United

Another interesting tactical set-up from Solskjaer, the aim of which is again to get Rashford and Lukaku playing through the centre. Dalot is hugging the right touchline with the two strikers central, but Pogba is getting through a lot of work on the left, drifting from a wing role to central midfield. It’s not necessarily a balanced system, which can cause problems, but it might get United’s best attacking threats in the right areas.

16:43KEY EVENT

Goal – 11 minutes Xhaka

Arsenal have taken the lead, Xhaka tries his luck from about 25 yards out. David de Gea should have done better.

1-016:41

9 minutes

Corner taken by Xhaka and cleared by Matic.

0-016:40

8 minutes

After all Arsenal’s good play it’s United with the first good chance, a decent ball in to the area by Shaw and Lukaku’s effort is off the bar. Straight back down the other end, Ramsey’s shot is deflected out for a corner.

0-016:39SAMUEL LUCKHURST

Bright start from Arsenal

It’s been a careless and sluggish five minutes from United. Arsenal are playing exactly how everyone expected and that could be their downfall, given United’s propensity for counter-attacking goals. United are a bit off the boil, though, and there have been some lax individual errors.

Carrick has been out to pass on some advice but Solskjaer is still sat down. United could do with the serenity of Carrick’s passing; it’s been one-way traffic. Now Solskjaer is out and rightly so.16:39

7 minutes

Aubameyang tries his luck from range and it’s over the bar, they’re finding pockets in behind United’s defence and they’re going to have to tighten up and push up the pitch.

0-016:36

4 minutes

Arsenal have started the better and Lacazette has jus won their first corner of the game, Xhaka whips it up but it’s cleared.

0-016:35SAMUEL LUCKHURST

United formation

Fred is playing on the right of the midfield three, whereas against Palace last week he was on the left and Pogba was on the right. The Brazilian did not justify that accommodation at Selhurst and they switched during that game.

Otherwise, United are lining up as expected in the 4-3-3, although Pogba has already pulled wide left already, as if they could switch to 4-4-2 in certain situations.

16:34

2 minutes

Close for Arsenal, a nice ball in from the left from Kolasinac and it just misses Lacazette who was waiting for it in the area and whistles past the post.

0-016:31

Kick off

United get the game underway, they’re looking to make it a very impressive 10 successive away wins.

0-016:25

United fans sending their best wishes to the fan injured in Paris

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Team spirit is high

Andreas Pereira has just beaten Lee Grant again in practice and made a ‘mwah’ gesture to Fred, who mimicked him. There’s a good rapport between those two for obvious reasons and the harmony is still high, despite Pereira’s predictable demotion for today’s game. 

16:17

Fans excited to see Dalot

He’s impressed in the last three games.

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Away fans in fine voice already

Sure to be another lively away end.

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Solskjaer pre-match chat

Here’s what he has said to Sky Sports:

How difficult to pick the team?

We had to find a balance, of course we had Paul being available again, that’s a given a no-brainer N been training well for last few days so him and D staring again he did well when he came on, so we have some fresh legs out there

On Fred.

He was fantastic over there you can see after 30 seconds he gets up to Verratti, or whoever it was, and wins the ball for us, never a foul, and he just grew in confidence after that and I think he will show that again.

How much are you getting by on adrenaline?

It’s confidence, it’s energy enthusiasm, adrenaline too of course because when you win games you want to keep playing and it’s been going well for us, we’re catching teams up and now we’re in with a chance for third.

FA Cup win a blueprint?

It was a blueprint for any MU performance really, defend well, counter attack well, and take your chances you have to have players with quality that will take care of those chances, that will be the same today, we’re not going to get loads and loads of chances, Arsenal are a very good side that we really respect, we know we have to put a proper United performance in again.

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16:01SAMUEL LUCKHURST

The stars are continuing to align for Solskjaer

That Chelsea result is still undeniably positive for United – and should also reinforce their focus ahead of an unenviable FA Cup tie at Wolves next week. Chelsea’s game in hand is at Everton next week, while they still have to go to United and Liverpool as well. It will be immensely pleasing for United if they win today and box off the league for three weeks.

The stars continue to align for Solskjaer, though sometimes things can be going too well. Before the PSG first leg, the French side had just lost at Lyon and were without Cavani and Neymar.

15:58

Emery explains his team selection

Here’s what the Arsenal boss has said to Sky Sports:

First, I am going to say to them to defend, it’s not only about attacking. We need to be balanced but we decided to play with all three. Above all, in our line-ups it ‘s about being balanced and being strong in attack and defence.

“Each match we are choosing the best situation for us tactically with the players. We need all of them, the first 11 is very important but also the bench, we need them to help us.

“Over 90 minutes against a team having their best moment of the season they have very good organisation, but with our supporters at home, we can take the best performance for us to fight against them.”

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15:57SAMUEL LUCKHURST

Fred will have to show similar steel to Wednesday night

Fred started against Tottenham in August but that is his only appearance against a big-hitter, at home or abroad. He deserves to keep his place after that Wednesday night performance and he is going to have to show similar steel against the combative duo of Ramsey and Xhaka as he did against Juan Bernat in added time in Paris.

Fred was the midfielder Solskjaer lauded more out of him and McTominay. The United coach hailed the PSG game as Fred’s ‘breakthrough’, which all but confirmed he would start today.

15:56

Full time in the Chelsea game

They’ve been held to a 1-1 draw which means even if United lose they won’t drop below Chelsea in the table.

15:55TYRONE MARSHALL

Risky selection from Emery

It looks a risky selection in midfield from Unai Emery, with Granit Xhaka having an awful lot of responsibility with Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil in front of him. United have thrived on the counter attack here in recent seasons and they could get joy that way again, with Xhaka not always the most disciplined of defensive midfielders. If he’s left on his own then United’s midfield runners could cause all sorts of problems.

15:54SAMUEL LUCKHURST

Emery’s made a key selection with his bench

The key selection Emery has made is maybe the one on the bench. Shkodran Mustafi came on in the Cup game to get bullied by Lukaku, who bossed him in United’s league win here last season. Monreal will play on the left of a back three with Sokratis and Koscielny, with Maitland-Niles and Kolasinac the wing-backs. It is a very attack-minded Arsenal approach, but that is really the only way they know how to play.

15:53

Chelsea equalise

Hazard’s just scored a 91st minute equaliser for Chelsea, there’s still three minutes left too.15:50

Sky suggesting a different role to right wing for Dalot

Sky Sports are reporting Dalot will play at right back: 

It looks like Ashley Youngwill play off of Romelu Lukaku a United line-up featuring three changes from last weekend, with Diogo Dalot returning taking his normal right-back spot; perhaps he’ll be doing a job on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang given his defensive abilities too. We’ll find out.

Seems unlikely to us, we reckon it will be Dalot playing on the right wing as he did against Crystal Palace and against Southampton and PSG when he came off the bench, but time will tell.

15:47SAMUEL LUCKHURST

McTominay misses out

The McTominay call is the clichéd harsh but fair. Matic is the sole specialist defensive midfielder in this United squad and is a veteran of Arsenal fixtures home and away with United and Chelsea. He has become indispensable again under Solskjaer, who must know just how fit he is. Time will tell if there was any element of risk against an aggressive Arsenal axis of Xhaka and Ramsey. 

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15:45

Solskjaer on his team

Here’s what Solskjaer has told MUTV about his team selection:

Paul has been fantastic ever since he has played in that position and Nemanja’s experience is important for us, he has been working really hard since his injury and he wanted to come to Paris but we there was no way I was going to take that risk.

Energy levels…

Yeah, no magic formula in football apart from you just stick together as team, work hard for each other, work as a team react to whatever happens in the game, we want the first goal, same team spirit we have shown the last few months.

What sort of game are you expecting?

Expect an Arsenal team that want to beat us, they need to beat us to go past us in the league, we are still confident away from home, we have pace on the counter attack we want more composure on the ball than we had against PSG but then again they were a good team, these are a good team, so we know we’re going to have to perform well to get the result here.

15:42

Arsenal team

Five changes for Arsenal.

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A big afternoon for Fred

A big moment for Fred today. His performance in Paris in midweek was his best in a United shirt and he’s been rewarded for that by being the only member of United’s midfield on Wednesday night to keep his place in the side, with Matic and Pogba returning.

15:37SAMUEL LUCKHURST

A popular selection from Solskjaer

Suspect that United team will be met with approval by supporters, despite the absence of Martial. He could be a useful impact sub at The Emirates again. A draw would be an acceptable result here today and United do not look as attack-minded as they were here in the FA Cup tie, when Solskjaer made a couple of quirky selections by starting Lukaku and Sanchez. The major inclusion is Pogba, of course.

15:30SAMUEL LUCKHURST

Dalot deserves his place in the starting XI

Diogo Dalot is starting for United. The probability is he will be playing ahead of Ashley Young, just like he did as a substitute against Southampton and Paris Saint-Germain. His selection is the least Dalot deserves after his recent performances. He was also decent as a starter against Crystal Palace. 

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15:27KEY EVENT

Manchester United team news

De Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Dalot, Fred, Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku

Subs: Romero, Bailly, Rojo, McTominay, Pereira, Martial, Greenwood

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Manchester United’s Fred winning the ball off Kylian Mbappe

15:17

Wolves have scored

Chelsea are behind at home against Wolves thanks to a goal from Jimenez.

If Chelsea do lose they can’t go above United today, a reminder that if they won and United lost they could leapfrog United.15:16

Last time out against Arsenal

Can United win again?

15:01

Fred asked about starting the game

He was impressive against PSG but there’s a chance he’ll have to settle for a place on the bench this afternoon, he was asked by ManUtd.com how much he wants to start.

“Who wouldn’t want to play in a massive game like this? Personally I’d like to be on the pitch doing my best, helping the team and creating passion for the fans. So I’ve been training hard, doing my best, if I can on the pitch you can on the pitch you can be sure that I’ll give my all, and we’re looking to win this match so we can always be in the top four.”

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14:58TYRONE MARSHALL

Arsenal wary of Pogba’s threat

Lucas Torreira is suspended for Arsenal today but he’s still done the interview in the match programme and he’s been talking about his admiration for Paul Pogba.

The two went head-to-head in the World Cup this summer when France met Uruguay in the quarter-finals, while Torreira is also friends with another Pogba.

“They have great players and yes one of them is Paul Pogba who is a World Cup winner, he said. “We played them in the last World Cup and regrettably we lost 2-0 to them, but he’s a top player.

“I played with his brother Mathias at Pescara, he is a good friend. Paul Pogba has demonstrated that he is at a great level at United and has been performing very well recently. He is a player that you love to watch.”

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14:53SAMUEL LUCKHURST

United need to be wary of a familiar face

Arsenal have not lose a Premier League home game since the first weekend of the season against City, which made United’s triumph here in January all the more impressive. Despite that defeat at Rennes, Arsenal have been in decent domestic form and were unfortunate not to beat Tottenham at Wembley last week, when Henrikh Mkhitaryan performed against an elite side.

Mkhitaryan’s camp were aggrieved he was beaten to the Europa League player of the season award for 2016-17 and champion his statistics. There are few finer stat-padding players than Mkhitaryan, whose numbers masked anonymous periods at United.

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14:41

Smalling sends Arsenal warning ahead of kick off

Chris Smalling has spoken to ManUtd.com about why the team is confident they can get a result at The Emirates this afternoon.

Yeah, I think we are [confident],” he said.

“We have got that belief. Especially in the last five or six weeks from the teams we have come up against, whether it is Chelsea, Tottenham or PSG, all sorts, we know that we can go to teams and we can hurt teams. That belief could not be any higher at the moment.”

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14:32SAMUEL LUCKHURST

Solskjaer has two big decisions to make this afternoon

The two interesting calls today are whether Matic comes into the midfield and who supplements Lukaku and Rashford in the United attack. Dalot should have started in midweek and has to be worthy of consideration today, despite Martial’s return. Solskjaer rhapsodised about McTominay and Fred not just after the PSG game but again on Friday. It could also be a big ask for Matic to regain rhythm against a high-tempo team like Arsenal. 

14:26TYRONE MARSHALL

Solskjaer’s got a selection dilemma on his hands

Nemanja Matic is back in the United squad today but they may be little pressure to play him from the start given the emergence of Scott McTominay in recent games. He’s been outstanding anchoring United’s midfield and has proved himself a more than capable stand-in for Matic. A few weeks ago we feared for United’s midfield in the absence of Matic and Ander Herrera, but McTominay, Pereira and Fred have taken their chance to impress.

Fred and Nemanja Matic
Fred and Nemanja Matic

14:23

Half and half scarf anyone?

Not for us, thanks!View image on Twitter

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Other Premier League results

Liverpool just beat Burnley 4-2 at home to close the gap at the top back to one point. Chelsea have just kicked off against Wolves, if Sarri’s side win they would go one point ahead of United, for now.

Things aren't going well for Maurizio Sarri
Things aren’t going well for Maurizio Sarri (Image: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

14:04

Full time for United Women

Another emphatic victory for Casey Stoney’s side.View image on Twitter

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United need to put Wednesday’s win behind them

Perhaps the biggest test facing United today is how quickly they’ve managed to come down the high of Paris on Wednesday night. It was an evening that took an awful lot of them physically and emotionally. Solskjaer said the running stats were as high as they’ve been in his time in charge and the way the game ended and the celebrations that followed were intense. But now it’s time to get down to business again, this is a huge game in the race for the top four and United’s players will need to show they’ve put their Paris heroics behind them quickly.

13:59

Solskjaer’s message to the United youngsters

Greenwood and Chong have travelled with the first team squad again and Solskjaer had some advice for the youngsters looking to breakthrough on a permanent basis and used Giggs and Beckham as an example.

“Giggsy and Becks used to do the graveyard shift, running up and down that line. “They didn’t just stand there waiting for the ball to deliver, they worked their socks off,” Solskjaer said.

“When you play for Manchester United, you can’t just think ‘I’m talented, I’ll just do my magic when I get the ball’. That’s not enough – and it’s not going to be good enough if we want to challenge the top two.”

Mason Greenwood
Mason Greenwood

13:48SAMUEL LUCKHURST

Emery is wary of United’s threat

Emery says in the programme:

I think our visitors have big confidence from their recent matches, but also we can help our preparation with a big determination, because we lost against them in the FA Cup, even though we worked very well and we created good chances against them. In that game, we had some defensive injuries, which made it difficult to keep our rhythm and meant we had to make early changes as well. They were very clinical and in the moments when we attacked we got into the box and couldn’t produce the last action to score. We deserved more but we played against Manchester United, who were on a good run and had a lot of players to make the difference, like Rashford and Martial.

After this match we could learn, because United are effective in the transition as they have good, fast players. We could be faced with similar issues today.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery
Arsenal manager Unai Emery (Image: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

13:38

Programme cover

A retro feel to this one.View image on Twitter

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United were less than impressed with Arsenal’s defence on their last trip to the Emirates

A description for the Arsenal defence that emerged from the United dressing room following the FA Cup win was simply ‘s**t’. United players were struck by how similarly Arsenal played against them to how they used to set up under Arsene Wenger. Arsenal’s only domestic loss since that January reverse was at City and they may feel they are overdue a performance and a win against United, who rode their luck at the Emirates last season. 

Herrera has impressed in midfield under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

13:27

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13:18SAMUEL LUCKHURST

United set for a tougher task than January at the Emirates

Wednesday was such a big game for United a regional London newspaper sent two correspondents to the game, so you can imagine how many they will have for what felt, certainly at the start of the week, like the bigger game for United.

You cannot imagine Arsenal playing as obligingly as they did in the Cup game in January and their defeat at Rennes on Thursday does not feel particularly relevant going into today’s game. If United get a draw, it will be a decent result but they are undeniably going to go for the win in what is their second favourite city.

13:14

Solskjaer thinks United have an advantage over Arsenal today

Solskjaer has spoken about why United could have an advantage over their rivals today.

“We’re alright,” the Norwegian coach told ManUtd.com.

“Arsenal played 24 hours later than us and of course it will be tougher for them, so we’ll be ready for Sunday definitely.

“Games always matter, and I think always play on people’s minds. We’ll go in confident with a great boost. Of course, they will be wanting to get revenge (after the defeat to Rennes) and get back to winning ways, because they’ve done really well lately, Arsenal.

“I saw the game against Tottenham, which of course they could have won, with the penalty in injury time.

“Against them last time it was one of the highest outputs we’ve ever had physically, so we need to repeat that.”13:01

United fans want Martial to start

He came off the bench to score against Arsenal in the FA Cup in January and fans want to him straight back in the starting XI after recovering from injury.

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Big day in the race for top four

After Tottenham’s defeat yesterday United could end the day level of points if they win this afternoon at the Emirates. A win by six goals or more (!!) would see them secure third place while an Arsenal win would see Solskjaer’s side drop down to fifth.

A big afternoon in the race for top four.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick

12:30KEY EVENT

Manchester United squad to face Arsenal

Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic are back in today’s match day squad having recovered from injury.

Read the full travelling squad here.

Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial

12:29

Arsenal vs Manchester United

Good afternoon and welcome to today’s match blog.

Here’s hoping for a result and a game as exciting as Wednesday night! We’ll have all the team news and match action for you right here.

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