Preview – Arsenal vs Manchester United

Sunday sees United continue their pursuit of a top four finish with a difficult trip to the Emirates.

Once a fixture between a pair of Premier League titans gunning for the title. A fierce rivalry between two of the country’s most successful and historic clubs – not to mention the added spice of managerial giants, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.

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Sunday’s clash will be the 50th meeting between United and Arsenal in the Premier League era, with United edging the record with 22 wins (12 Arsenal wins, 15 draws).

It’s believed that Mourinho will select a weakened side with the priorities now firmly set on the Reds’ Europa League campaign following Thursday’s win at Celta Vigo. Matty Willock, Axel Tuanzebe and Scott McTominay are three youngsters expected to make their Premier League debuts this weekend.

With Manchester City winning comfortably on Saturday, it’s impossible for United to move out of fifth place this matchweek.

Despite just a five-point-gap (with Arsenal having a game in hand), this Sunday’s fixture is largely considered to be far more important for the Gunners considering United’s European involvement. Wenger is looking to maintain his impressively consistent record of finishing within the Premier League’s top four every year since he took over from Pat Rice in October 1996.

If both teams fail to achieve a top four finish, it’ll be the first time since the 1978/1979 Division One campaign.

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It’s widely considered that Arsene Wenger will no longer be at the helm of Arsenal Football Club next season – regardless of how the Gunners’ season concludes – consequently meaning that this will likely be the last time these two managerial counterparts will meet on the sidelines.

Manchester United go into the game whilst on an unbeaten run of 25 games in the Premier League – a new club record that was set following last weekend’s home draw with Swansea City.

The hype ahead of this fixture may not have been as intense as it once was, but what’s at stake for both sides could cause for an intriguing clash in North London. Kick-Off is at 16:00BST on Sunday 7th May.

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