Can Comeback Kid Inspire United Again? Man Utd’s Predicted Line-Up v Arsenal

By timgarrett IN Lineup,Premier League - 10:00 Dec 2nd 2017

Prior to their Premier League fixtures against Brighton and Watford, few Manchester United fans would have picked out Ashley Young as the man to inspire their side to a haul of 6 points, yet the resurgent England winger did exactly that. A fortuitous strike at Old Trafford was followed up with 2 stunners at Vicarage Road on Tuesday, giving his side the perfect platform to head into one of their biggest games of the season so far.

Arsenal lay in wait this evening, on the back of an amazing 12 game home winning run and with a manager who would find little sweeter than tasting victory against old foe Jose Mourinho.

It’s set up to be an absolute cracker, and one which United will have to be at their best to gain a win from. With that in mind, it’s vital that Mourinho gets his team selection right. This is the XI we expect him to go with:

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MAN UTD LINE-UP
v ARSENAL - EMIRATES STADIUM, 2 Dec 2017, 17:30
PLAYER% MINS PLDGLSAST.
de Gea
86%
000 / 0
Antonio Va
71%
104 / 0
Bailly
48%
103 / 0
Smalling
72%
102 / 0
Jones
47%
001 / 0
Young
55%
234 / 0
Matic
86%
010 / 0
Pogba
37%
331 / 0
Mkhitaryan
58%
251 / 0
Martial
52%
851 / 0
Lukaku
92%
1141 / 0
Totals292118 / 0

At the back, a return of the central trio that last started away at Chelsea 3 weeks ago looks likely, with Eric Bailly and Phil Jones returning from injury. They will, however, be hoping for a different outcome to the one they managed on that occasion.

Paul Pogba has been in fine form since his return to the United side, and he looks set to continue alongside Nemanja Matić. The pair have started 8 times together thus far, winning on 7 occasions and drawing just once.

In attack, Henrikh Mkhitaryan looks set to return to the side with a point to prove, having received criticism from his own manager for his recent form. Alongside him will be Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku, with both having already reached double figures in goals and assists combined the season.

Overall, it’s a United side strong enough to worry any opposition. The Emirates is never an easy place to go, but with such quality on the pitch, who would bet against Mourinho’s men getting the result? When odds of 40/1 are available to new Betfair customers, the answer is no smart punter!

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