Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
Arsenal head north to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the Premier League this Wednesday, looking to extend their unbeaten league run to 13 games. The Gunners have enjoyed limited success at the Theatre of Dreams in the Premier League era, though, and have not won on United’s home turf since 2006. This is a good time to play Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils, as United have not won in their last three league matches. That run began with defeat at Manchester City, and continued with disappointing draws with Crystal Palace at home, and Southampton away. A narrow victory over Young Boys in the Champions League has provided something of bright spot for United fans, but even that game was stressful and difficult for supporters to watch. The Gunners will be looking to capitalise on the current low mood at Old Trafford.
Manchester United vs Arsenal Prediction: Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal
Our prediction for this game is that it will end in a low scoring draw, with 1-1 looking to be a likely outcome. The odds on that result are pretty low, too, so the bookies would seem to agree with us. History is against the Gunners, who have a poor record at Old Trafford over the last decade or so, but recent form suggests that they north Londoners are currently in a better place, certainly psychologically, than the home team on Wednesday evening.
Our recommended tip: 1-1 draw
Our featured tip comes from William Hill, and matches our prediction about how the game will turn out perfectly. We believe that this game will end in a low-scoring draw, probably 1-1. William Hill are offering odds of 5/1 on this outcome, which suggests that they also think that it is a likely outcome. Arsenal’s recent record at Old Trafford has made us reluctant to tip them to win, but they may well control much of the game. Confidence at United is currently low, and they have not enjoyed good form in their last three league games.
During the Premier League era, these two sides have met 52 times, and United have won on 24 of those occasions, with 16 of those victories coming at Old Trafford. The Gunners have won just three times on their visits to Old Trafford in the Premier League. Last season, United won both league games between the teams. The first win was in December 2017 at the Emirates Stadium, with United triumphing 3-1. The second victory came at Old Trafford in April, with United winning the game 2-1.
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Players to watch: Anthony Martial & Aaron Ramsey
United’s French forward Anthony Martial is the club’s top scorer in the Premier League this season, having found the net on six occasions in league games. Those goals have come in 11 starts and three substitute appearances in the league. Martial’s ability to find the net could be crucial for United this season, with the Red Devils conceding as many goals as they score in 2018/19. United fans will want to see Martial in the starting line-up on Wednesday.
Arsenal’s Welsh international midfielder Aaron Ramsey could be on his way out of the club on a free transfer at the end of the season. If he is allowed to leave, many Gunners fans will doubtless wonder why. The classy midfielder has contributed six assists in the Premier League this season, more than any of his team-mates. His ability to pick a pass and create chances could be crucial qualities in what is likely to be a tight game on Wednesday.