Manchester United vs Arsenal
England Premier League.
Date: Saturday, 19th November 2016,
Kick-off at 12:30 UK.
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.
The matchday 12 of the English Premier League kick-off with two biggest managerial rivals Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger locks horns when Manchester United welcome Arsenal to the Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, 19th November 2016.
Manchester United are having a pretty similar season like in last season despite Van Gaal being sacrificed for the more attractive option Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager, who made a name of himself in the Premier League during his time in Chelsea is having a poor start at the hot seat at Old Trafford. After 11 match-days, the Red Devils managed just 5 wins with the rest 6 spread into 3 draws and defeats.
What draws more criticism for United and their current style of play is their inability to win matches. The 3-1 win at Swansea in the last round fixture is their lone win in the last 6 Premier League games. United are currently 6th in the league table with 18 points, 6 points less than Arsenal on the 4th spot.
Arsenal on the other hand haven’t lost a match in the Premier League since the 4-3 humbling at home by Liverpool on the opening day. Wenger’s side are unbeaten in 10 league games with 7 wins and 3 draws. The positive for Gunners is their key players performing at a higher level. The likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are all on red hot form, while local lad Theo Walcott have contributes with key goals at crucial moments.
However, we all know well about Wenger’s team. They will have some good streaks in between before eventually settling for a place inside the top 4 spot at the end of the season. Their last Premier League fixture was another high profile match, the London Derby against Tottenham which finished 1-1 at the Emirates.
Manchester United vs Arsenal: Head-to-Head Stats
Arsenal haven’t won a Premier League game at Old Trafford since 2006 as Manchester United hold on to a 9 match unbeaten record with 7 wins and 2 draws.
The overall record across all venues and all competitions also tip in favour of Manchester United as they were defeated only thrice by Arsenal in 19 meetings. The Red Devils picked 12 wins and 4 draws during the period.
Arsenal earned a 3-0 home win in the first leg clash of 2015/16 season, while they were defeated 3-2 in the return leg at Old Trafford.
Manchester United vs Arsenal: Prediction
We believe we will witness another typical Jose Mourinho tactical set up with Manchester United on Saturday evening. His primary motto will be to ask Arsenal to take on the attack so that his quick players can exploit on the counter. Arsene Wenger had fallen to the trap on two occasions last season in matches against Chelsea.
While Wenger will be heavily reliant on the team spirit to break the jinx at Old Trafford. It must be highlighted that Arsenal were unable to defeat United at Old Trafford despite being in best of their forms in previous seasons.
The above facts will give United a slight advantage going into this game, but the defensive ploy could backlash at some point. So our pick for the match is a 2-2 draw at full-time.