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Manchester United vs Arsenal: Team news, formations, injuries, potential lineups

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Arsenal will travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday to face Manchester United in the midweek Premier League clash.

While Arsenal defeated their North London rivals, Tottenham 4-2 on Sunday, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side drew 2-2 with Southampton.

Ahead of the top four encounter against United, Arsenal manager, Unai Emery will have some key selection decisions to make.

Arsenal are unbeaten in 19 matches across all competitions, and ex-German international, Mesut Ozil is a doubt for the clash against United.

The German playmaker was dropped to the bench against Bournemouth, then missed the north London derby after suffering a back spasm in training and will be assessed closer to kick-off.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Monday, Emery said, “I said yesterday [Sunday] he’s had backache since last Tuesday.

“He couldn’t play in Kiev or yesterday. At the moment, I don’t know if he can play in Manchester.

“Today he was working alone, I don’t know if he’s okay for Wednesday.”

Emery initially set his side up in a 3-4-2-1 formation but switched things around at half-time, introducing Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette.

The Spaniard is likely to continue with two strikers up front against United, particularly with Jose Mourinho’s side suffering an injury crisis in defence.

Grant Xhaka is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season, so Matteo Guendouzi is expected to replace the Swiss international alongside Lucas Torreira.

Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are both expected to drop out of the starting XI while Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Rob Holding should continue as a back three.

Nacho Monreal is still doubtful due to a hamstring problem which has been hampering the Spaniard since early October.

Sead Kolasinac should continue at left wing-back in Monreal’s absence while Laurent Koscielny will be assessed closer to the match but is unlikely to be risked as he continues his recovery from an Achilles injury.

Arsenal’s potential XI: (3-4–1-2): Leno; Mustafi, Sokratis, Holding; Bellerin, Torreira, Guendouzi, Kolasinac; Ramsey; Lacazette, Aubameyang.

For Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese faces a huge selection crisis ahead of the clash as he is dealing with a host of injuries and absences.

The Red Devils are 16 points behind table-toppers Manchester City and face an uphill task to catch their rivals with as many as 12 first-team players currently doubtful.

Mourinho was forced play a central midfielders Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay in a back five last time out, with regular centre-backs Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof all injured

Defender Lindelof is ruled out of facing the Gunners while Phil Jones is also doubtful after picking up an injury against Saints.

United will hope at least one of Bailly and Smalling is fit in time to face the Gunners.

Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are also doubtful having missed the draw with Southampton.

Right-back Ashley Young is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season while Luke Shaw was forced off with an injury during the second half against Southampton.

With so many defenders sidelined, Argentine defender, Diogo Dalot could be set for his first Premier League start while Marcos Rojo may also be called into action.

Manchester United potential lineup against Arsenal: (4-3-3): De Gea; Dalot, Smalling, Rojo, Darmian; Matic, Herrera, Fellaini; Lingard, Martial, Rashford.

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Mourinho warns Klopp ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Man United

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Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho has issued out warning to Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp ahead of both teams’ clash in the Premier League fixture on Sunday evening at Anfield.

Mourinho has warned Klopp that real success can only be achieved when a club win trophies not matches.

The Portuguese gaffer has won both the Carabao Cup and Europa League trophy with United since taking over in 2016.

“I think trophies matter,” Mourinho was quoted by EPSN as saying ahead of Liverpool’s clash.

“It matters, especially when you have the potential to fight for trophies and especially when you clearly say the objective is to win the trophy.

“I think sometimes to just say it is not very intelligent but when you have the potential, you have nothing to hide, you know from day one your potential and your desire.

“To say we want to win, everyone can say that but another thing is to say the potential in a way you have but I think Jurgen said already they want to win the Premier League, that is their objective.”

Klopp has not won any trophy with Liverpool since taking over in 2015 from Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund.

The 51-year-old has lost the Caraboa Cup and the Europa League finals as well as the Champions League.

Klopp’s men are currently on top of the English topflight league table with 42 points from 16 games, while Mourinho’s side are sixth place with 26 points from the same number of games.

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Why Liverpool is better than Manchester United- Mourinho

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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has admitted the huge gap between his team and Liverpool, is due to many factors.

Mourinho takes United to Anfield on Sunday, with his side sitting some 16 points behind the Premier League leaders.

They’ve lost four matches in the league this season, while Liverpool have remained undefeated.

“It’s not just about the money they spend in the summer, is about many things.

“It’s not just about spending money and reinforcing the squad, a football team is more than that, is not just about spending the money.

“It’s like a house, it’s not just about buying the furniture, you have to do work, you spend money on the best possible furniture and then you’re ready to live in an amazing house,” Mourinho told UK Mirror.

Mourinho then delivered the killer line when he was asked how far away his team are from what he wants to be seeing, placed in the context of Jurgen Klopp continually getting the best out of his Liverpool players.

“Far,” he said, simply.

And then what asked why, he replied: “The reasons I was saying. It’s not just about spending.”

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Owen compares Nigerian-born forward, Bukayo Saka to Ronaldo

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Following the Gunners’ 1-0 victory over Qarabag in the Europa League encounter played on Thursday night, Former Liverpool striker, Michael Owen has compared Nigerian-born and Arsenal forward, Bukayo Saka to Juventus ace, Cristiano Ronaldo, uniquesports.com.ng reports.

Saka made his first start for Unai Emery’s side against Qarabag on the left wing and showed plenty of confidence, as he tested goalkeeper, Vagner, with an early strike from the edge of the box and tried to take on defenders.

The 17-year-old also missed a good chance to score his first Arsenal goal in the second half against the visitors.

Owen has now suggested that Saka already has similarities with Ronaldo.

“He [Saka] looked really nervous at the start of the game, myself and Martin [Keown] were both talking about it,” Owen was quoted by Metro UK as saying.

“But he certainly grew into the game. Just him having the courage to run at players was really refreshing to see.

“Some of the skill… I watched Ronaldo doing this the other day for Juventus.”

“He’s just different class and by the end of the game, his confidence was oozing.”

Saka will hope to feature for Arsenal when they tackle Southampton this weekend in the Premier League.

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