Sunday 28th February. 2:05PM. Sky Sports 1
Super Sunday kicks off with a fascinating clash at Old Trafford as the Premier League’s two most successful club revive their rivalry in what is a crucial clash for both camps.
The Gunners are right back in the title race after their late turnaround against Leicester while the hosts are in desperate need of a victory as they look to keep Champions League qualification hopes alive.
There’s always fireworks when these two giants collide. Prepare yourselves for another awesome showdown.
Red Devils Looking To Keep Top Four Drive Alive
Louis van Gaal’s second season at the Manchester United helm hasn’t been easy, but the Red Devils are still in with a shout of claiming a top four finish. With local rivals City playing in the Capital One Cup final, the Red Devils could close the gap to three points by beating Arsenal. If they fail, there attentions may have to turn to the Europa League.
Sadly for the Dutch manager, he faces a real selection headache. Anthony Martial was the latest casualty to join the likes of Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones and David De Gea on the treatment table. The young Frenchman may yet play, but the home squad is rather depleted either way.
That’s not to say the side doesn’t still boast quality. The young stars were fantastic in the second half against Midtjylland, with Marcus Rashford emerging as a new hero. Meanwhile, Juan Mata is thriving in the number 10 role whilst Memphis Depay’s form has improved recently too.
This won’t be an easy contest for the hosts, but you’d write United off at your peril.
Gunners To Blow Depleted Hosts Away?
For once, Arsenal enter a game where their opponents have more injuries than they do. Wenger and his men will be eager to capitalise on the Manchester United absences by claiming a crucial win at Old Trafford.
Arsenal were beaten by Barcelona on Tuesday, but they did put in a good performance. The recent return of Francis Coquelin has made them look more solid while the creativity of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez should give them a great chance of picking the Red Devils lock, especially if they perform like they did during the 3-0 home win earlier in the season.
Wenger does hold an advantage over Van Gaal too, picking up a win and a draw from two previous encounters at Old Trafford. Danny Welbeck famously scored in last year’s FA Cup clash and would love to follow up his dramatic winner against Leicester with another crucial goal against his former club here.
The pressure is on Arsenal, but a win would give them a great chance of winning the title. Whatever happens, it should be an intriguing battle.
Manchester United v Arsenal Betting
Despite playing away from home, it’s Arsenal who enter Sunday’s showdown as the slight favourites at 7/5 with Bet365. Meanwhile, Manchester United are priced 9/4 and the draw can be backed at 23/10.
Both teams have a huge incentive in this one, but the chance to win a first title since 2004 has to give Wenger’s men an edge. Of course, that pressure could take it out on them. However, with the home side facing so many injuries, we’re backing the visitors to capitalise.
We’re not sure that they can keep a clean sheet, but we do think the Gunners have enough firepower to see off the Red Devils. At odds of over 3/1, we cannot resist this selection.
Whatever happens, the middle of the park is probably where this game will be won and lost. Coquelin has been incredible for the Gunners over the past 18 months, and we’re predicting another big match for the Frenchman.
If he can keep the home side’s creative players at bay, he could be a great shout for Man of the Match. As an outside bet, he has to be worth a punt.