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Manchester United V Arsenal: Confirmed Lineups, Valencia And Sánchez Start

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Juan Mata of Manchester United goes past Danny Welbeck of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on February 28, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Manchester United take on Arsenal at Old Trafford in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off.

The two have enjoyed somewhat contrasting fortunes this season, Arsenal keeping pace with the Premier League leaders while Man United have struggled slightly.

However, Arsene Wenger’s record at Old Trafford is poor, his record against José Mourinho worse, so form is a guarantee of nothing going into today’s match.

For the home side, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a confirmed absentee through suspension so Marcus Rashford finally gets his chance to lead the line.

Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw are all out so Mourinho has had to deploy a makeshift defence once again, though Antonio Valencia has been passed fit to start.

Wayne Rooney, who had to withdraw from the England squad this week through injury, is named on the bench. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as ever, is nowhere to be seen.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Luke Shaw of Manchester United is closed down by Leroy Sane of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on September 10, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

For Arsenal, Wenger confirmed earlier this week that Héctor Bellerín is set to be ruled out for the next four weeks, so Carl Jenkinson starts at Old Trafford for the first time since in the league he was sent of in the great 8-2 humiliation of 2011.


Santi Cazorla is also out, with no timeline placed on his return, but the biggest news of all for Arsenal today is that Alexis Sánchez has shaken off his injury and starts up front.

Aaron Ramsey also starts, with Alex Iwobi dropping to the bench.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on November 6, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Referee: Andre Marriner

Recent Form:

Manchester United: L  W  D  L  W

Arsenal: D  W  W  W  D

Last Season: Manchester United 3 (Rashford (2), Herrera) – Arsenal 2 (Welbeck, Özil)

Selected Odds: Manchester United 6/4  Draw 2/1  Arsenal 23/10

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