ARSENAL TRAVEL to Old Trafford on Monday buoyed by their 5-0 victory over Nottingham Forest with a youthful side.
Unai Emery and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are both fairly new in their roles with contrasting styles to their predecessors. But that is where their similarities end.
Emery handed Solskjaer his first defeat in the league after the United manager went 12 games unbeaten, just four days after their famous comeback against PSG. But much has changed since that game in March, inviting new contests all across the pitch. Perhaps the most thrilling battle will be between Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Nicolas Pepe, two big money arrivals which have added an extra dimension to both sides.
Wan-Bissaka dominates the right-hand side of a Manchester United team, which relied on a novice 19-year-old Diogo Dalot to do so in the previous fixture. But while managing to score his first goal for Arsenal, Pepe has not set the world alight as many would have hoped.
Despite this, he still poses a direct threat from out wide, something which United never had to contend with as much as they will do on Monday.
Add to this United’s injury list and disappointing form, it could very well take something special for the home side to come away with the three points.
Having offloaded Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, and with injuries to Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, Solskjaer’s attacking options are minimal. It will be time for the Norwegian to back his youngsters in Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes.
The last meeting between these two clubs was an intriguing tactical battle and we should expect more with the necessary additions they have made since when they face off under the lights at the Theatre of Dreams.