Manchester United are currently preparing for their first fixture of 2020 against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on New Years Day.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side go into the game looking for their third successive Premier League win after beating Newcastle United and Burnley since Boxing Day.
Arsenal have yet to win a game since appointing former midfielder Mikel Arteta as their new manager — replacing fellow Spaniard Unai Emery — after Chelsea fought back in dramatic fashion, scoring twice in four minutes on Sunday.
Solskjaer has yet to speak to the media ahead of the game, but we’ve gone ahead and predicted United’s starting eleven to face the Gunners.
David de Gea will start between the sticks after an impressive display against Burnley. There have been questions asked of United’s no.1 but he’s still one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka should return to the line-up at right back, with Brandon Williams doing enough of late to start games on the opposite flank. I’m currently of the view he’s the best option at left-back — over Luke Shaw and Ashley Young.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof were superb against Burnley. They will need to be at their best to deal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
We’ll hopefully see the return of Paul Pogba in the starting eleven on Wednesday night, partnered by Fred and Nemanja Matic. The latter may not be everyone’s cup of tea but we’ll need steel in the middle against Arsenal, who when bullied off the park are least effective.
Solskjaer said Pogba wasn’t ready to face Burnley but our thinking behind that is he wants him fully healed and ready to take on Arteta’s men.
Daniel James will start on the right in a front three also consisting of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Predicted Man Utd XI vs Arsenal: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Williams; Matic, Fred, Pogba; James, Martial, Rashford.
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