Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
Manchester United, currently in eighth place in the Premier League table, welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford on Monday night for what should be a fascinating Premier League encounter. United will be looking to return to form after losing 2-0 away at West Ham United last week. The Red Devils also needed penalties to knock lowly Rochdale out of the Carabao Cup.
Arsenal head into the game on the back of a 3-2 Premier League home win over Aston Villa last weekend. They also enjoyed a comfortable 5-0 home win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup in midweek.
United may have to do without Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, who are both doubtful with injuries. Anthony Martial, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Diogo Dalot and Angel Gomes are all unavailable with injury. Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin could both feature for Arsenal.
Manchester United vs Arsenal Prediction: United 1-2 Gunners
Arsenal have been in pretty confident form in recent games, and we expect that form to continue on Monday evening. Our prediction for this game is that the Gunners will win the game 2-1, with United failing to rediscover winning form, despite being at home. The Gunners could register consecutive Premier League victories over United for the first time since 2006/07. It will not be an easy task for them, though, as United are unbeaten in their last 12 home Premier League games against the Gunners. We expect that record to end on Monday evening, with a confident Gunners performance.
Our recommended tip: Arsenal and BTTS
Our featured tip for this game comes from William Hill, who are offering odds of 18/5 on Arsenal to win and both teams to score. This looks like a good bet to us as we believe that Arsenal are going to buck the trend of recent history and secure a victory at Old Trafford. This bet also offers really good value in terms of the odds on offer, and also matches our prediction of a 2-1 Gunners win perfectly. This bet also gives you a fair bit of flexibility when it comes to the final scoreline.
These two teams have played each on 54 previous occasions in the Premier League. United have won 24 of those games and Arsenal have won 14. The Gunners have won just three times in the Premier League against United at Old Trafford, which is a somewhat surprising statistic. United have beaten Arsenal 16 times in the Premier League at Old Trafford.
Last season’s Premier League encounter at Old Trafford ended all square, with the game finishing in a 2-2 draw. The second league game of last season was at the Emirates Stadium in March earlier this year, and it ended in a 2-0 win for the Gunners.
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Players to watch: Daniel James & Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
United’s Welsh international midfielder Daniel James is his team’s joint top league goalscorer this season, having netted three times in six Premier League games. He has also hit 127 passes so far, and has created one big chance for his team-mates. He has hit 27 crosses with an accuracy rate of 11%. He has hit three accurate long balls, and has hit 14 shots, six of which have been on target. He has missed one big chance.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the Gunners’ top scorer in the league this season, having netted six times in his six Premier League games so far. Five of those goals have been scored with his right foot and one with his left. He is yet to score a goal with his head this season. He has scored once from a free kick, and is yet to weigh in with any assists.