Arsenal head into today's encounter at Old trafford seeking for their first victory there since 2008, meanwhile United will be hoping to put aside their shaky start to the season to make sure they put the Gunners right back in their place.
Since the arrival of Anderson and Nani, Manchester United have seemed to have got the right antidote to any potential threat the Gunners have in their Arsenal. The United former manager Sir Alex used this to his advantage by player the midfielder trio which i love to refer to as the "The three wise men" that is the combination of Micheal Carrick, Daren Fletcher and Anderson and not forgetting the ever hard working J.S Park. This perfect combination have played a major role in seeing that Arsenal has ,managed to gain victory over Manchester United not more than twice since 2008.
With the 2013/2014 season being a very new and different season, Arsenal sitting top of the league 8 points ahead of United, and David Moyes now in charge of the Old Trafford outfit it has become difficult to predict the outcome of today's super Sunday clash.
Following the words of Manchester united most in form player Wayne Rooney who was quoted as saying on Friday "We know how to beat Arsenal" Soccer4life now draws the perfect eleven United will have to use if they are to continue that tradition at Old Traford against Arsene Wenger's rejuvenated team.
1. David De Dea
The United number one goal keeper has shoved off competition from the other goal keepers at the club to claim the number spot, has hasn't done himself any harm by putting in a consistent show of good goal keeping whenever called upon by the opposing striker. His quick reflex will be of help to United as they plan to keep Giroud and the goal scoring Araon Ramsey in check.
2. Phil Jones
The united center back position has become a cause of worry for the team, manager and fans alike. Its a position where United are blessed with abundant talent but picking out the right combination always proves to be the problem. As long as this game is concern Phil Jones will be perfect for that position. His ability to break up passes will be needed as the Gunners are dangerous with building up passes at the edge of the opponents 18 yard box.
3. Chris Smalling.
Many United fans are usually not comfortable whenever the name "Smalling" is included in the line up. But as a matter of fact, Smalling is a better center back than a right back. His aerial presence will be an asset as he comes up against an Oliver Giroud who is one of the biggest strikers in the league.
Evra an ever presence in the united squad, not because there are no one to compete with him, but his desire to win always see him on the team sheet. Some years back the French man described this fixture as a match between Men and Boys. His good arrogance will play a huge part if United are to avoid defeat today at their own backyard.
5. Rafael Da Silva
United most attacking right back. His ability to attack down the flank of his opposite number will help keep the Arsenal left back in his half and with that the Gunners will be short of extra bodies in the United half of the field which will help ease the pressure off the united back line.
6. Micheal Carrick.
Over the last two seasons, Micheal Carrick has written his name in Gold as the best United midfielder in recent times especially with the retirement of Paul Scholes. Carrick's ability to control the tempo of the game and pick out the right passes has helped him earn that title.
With the Gunners expected to have most of the possession, with the little share which will be allotted to United, Micheal Carrick should be able to pick out the right pass in the final third of the Arsenal half for United to get a goal or two. At the same time breaking up some of the dangerous passes that will be coming from the feet of Aroan Ramsey and Arteta.
7. Tom Cleverly
Manchester United most Atletic midfielder, his ability to run round the field will be key today. He has to be assign the duty of picking out the runs of Araon Ramsey. This duty in the past has been perfectly done by Anderson, but with the Brazilian far from his best Tom Cleverly will no doubt be the perfect replacement.
8. Luis Nani
A name that sends shiver through the spins of the Arsenal back line. Even if he does do anything spectacular, he should be in that starting eleven to bring back some funny memory that will be playing like a tape in the brains of the Arsenal wing backs.
9. Adan Janujaz
A player in a world of his own. The Albanian born attacker has seemed to develop a kind of match winner figure among the Old Trafford crowd. And being a crowd favorite his presence on the pitch will help soar the crowd to be behind their team with every touch of the ball from the 18 yr old. With Old Trafford being one of the largest stadium ion England it will be an intimidating experience for the visiting fans.
10. Wayne Rooney.
There is no point writing so much about this particular player again, because everyone already knows what he can do. He is one of the few Manchester United players in history to have scored more goals against Arsenal than anyother team.
11. Robin Van Persie.
Just like his strike Partner there is no need reminding people what he can do. But one important point to be mention here is and that is; his philanthropic action to give his jersey to a player that demanded for it caused the sale of that particular player.
Prediction Man Utd 2 - 1 Arsenal