Manchester United vs Arsenal LIVE: Premier League team news, line-ups and more tonight

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Follow all the action as Manchester United face Arsenal in the Premier League this evening.

Ralf Rangnick’s work permit was granted on Thursday morning, meaning this will be the last game of Michael Carrick’s tenure as caretaker manager. His brief stint in charge can be considered a success so far, though, with United defeating Villarreal in a crucial Champions League tie before holding leaders Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. However, the club are still languishing in tenth in the table and need a significant and sustained upturn in results in order to resurrect their hopes of a top-four finish.

Arsenal have their sights firmly set on the top four too and know they can leapfrog West Ham with a victory tonight. The Gunners’ unbeaten run came to a chastening end at Liverpool but they recovered with a comfortable win against Newcastle last weekend and have won four of their last five top-flight games. Ahead of tonight’s match, Carrick praised the progress Arsenal have made under Mikel Arteta. “I think he’s done a very good job at Arsenal and you can see they’re going in a certain direction and been pretty strong with that,” he said. “So credit to him for that and it’ll be interesting to see how they get on for the rest of the season.” Follow all the latest updates below:

Manchester United vs Arsenal

Kick-off is at 8.15pmMan Utd: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles, McTominay, Fred, Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford, Ronaldo Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares, Elneny, Partey, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, AubameyangRangnick to watch from stands at Old TraffordShow latest update


Man Utd vs Arsenal: Arteta vs United

Since re-joining the club in 2019 Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal haven’t lost to Manchester United in the Premier League and won this fixture at Old Trafford last season. Speaking about how he prepares for the game Arteta said:

The confidence that we have to prepare the matches to win, and we first of all have to respect the opponent that we will have in front of us, but with the end goal, the mindset, the confidence, the desire to win the game and have that belief straight away.“

Michael Jones2 December 2021 19:59


Man Utd vs Arsenal: Unwanted records

Manchester United can lose three consecutive top-flight home matches without scoring for the first time since 1963 if they lose to Arsenal tonight.

United recorded a league-low 17 shots in November, while they have faced an unrivalled 60.

Michael Jones2 December 2021 19:54


Man Utd vs Arsenal: Carrick on Arteta

Man Utd caretaker boss, Michael Carrick, spoke about his playing rivalry with Mikel Arteta and how the Arsenal coach has adapted to his role as a coach. Carrick said:

He was a terrific player, very technical, and that’s the way his teams plays and obviously the way he has coached them in that style shows what type of player he was.

“I think he’s done a very good job at Arsenal and you can see they’re going in a certain direction and been pretty strong with that. So credit to him for that and it’ll be interesting to see how they get on for the rest of the season.”

Michael Jones2 December 2021 19:51


Man Utd vs Arsenal: Arteta on Martinelli

The Arsenal fans have been wanting to see more of Gabriel Martinelli since he’s recovered from injury and they’ll get their chance tonight. Speaking of Martinelli’s lack of game time, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said:

It’s part of the pathway. I understand that we want to play all the players, but we can only play 11 of them.

“We have such a young team and we have to find the right pathway with the right timing within the pathway because it can look in a different different way and I think it’s very clear what we want to do with Gabi [Martinelli].

“His determination is absolutely top and he will continue to do that. He has the capacity to start games, no doubt about it.”

Michael Jones2 December 2021 19:45


Man Utd vs Arsenal: Leaky devils

Manchester United have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 14 home fixtures in all competitions, the second-longest run in their history following a sequence of 21 matches between April 1958 and March 1959.

If they go 1-0 down on Thursday, it will mark the first time United have conceded nine successive Premier League goals without reply at Old Trafford.

Michael Jones2 December 2021 19:40


Man Utd vs Arsenal: ‘Football needs to be very careful with player workloads’ says Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has joined Marcelo Bielsa in expressing concern over the fixture calendar and insisted football needs to be careful over the load being put on players.

Leeds boss Bielsa admitted earlier this week to having “serious doubts” over the future of the sport at the elite level due to the amount of games being played.

Arsenal will play eight times in December, beginning at Manchester United on Thursday, and Arteta says there is reason to be cautious about overworking players.

Michael Jones2 December 2021 19:36


Man Utd vs Arsenal: Flying Gunners

Arsenal have won seven times in their last 10 league games with two draws and just one defeat. The Gunners are unbeaten in all eight league fixtures in which they’ve scored this season.

But, only Norwich City have scored fewer Premier League away goals than Arsenal’s three, while the Gunners have failed to score in a joint-club record four of their opening six league games on the road.

Michael Jones2 December 2021 19:31


Man Utd vs Arsenal: United struggles

Manchester United have won just once in eight Premier League matches with two draws and five defeats.

Their tally of five points during that period is their fewest over an eight-game spell since recording four between December 1989 and February 1990.

And, they could lose seven home fixtures in a calendar year for the first time since 1986 if the Gunners are triumphant tonight.

Michael Jones2 December 2021 19:27


Man Utd vs Arsenal: Cristiano Ronaldo backed to adapt to Ralf Rangnick’s style at Manchester United

There has been debate over how five-times world player of the year Ronaldo will fit into Rangnick’s tactical plans at Old Trafford, particularly with the German likely to implement a pressing style.

Michael Jones2 December 2021 19:24


Man Utd vs Arsenal: Team changes

Manchester United make three changes to the team that drew 1-1 at Chelsea last weekend. Cristiano Ronaldo returns to bolster the forward line with Nemanja Matic dropping out leaving Scott McTominay and Fred as a holding midfield duo.

Harry Maguire replaces Eric Bailly and Diogo Dalot is in for Aaron Wan-Bissaka in two changes to the defensive line.

Mikel Arteta makes two changes for Arsenal. Gabriel Martinelli starts in place of Bukayo Saka in attack, while Mohamed Elneny comes into midfield for Albert Sambi Lokonga.

Saka and Lokonga both start on the bench.

Michael Jones2 December 2021 19:21


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