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Are The Red Devils capable of capitalising on The Gunners’ recent turmoil this weekend ?

Match Preview – Manchester United v Arsenal

Competition: Barclays Premier League
Kick-Off & Date: 4pm, Sunday, 28th August 2011
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester (Home)
Live TV Coverage: Sky Sports 1 (HD), 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Referee: Howard Webb (Yorkshire, England)
Assistant Referee: Darren Cann & Michael McDonough
Fourth Official: Lee Mason

Form: United are already looking like Premier League Champions for the new season, but form is temporary. The Red Devils have mainly youth to thank for recent victories over West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur. Experience is still vibrant throughout the squad, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘kids’ are proving to match the expectations of the famous 1992 crop. Arsenal, known for their own youngsters, can expect a tough visit to Old Trafford. 

Arsenal will be buoyed following their midweek qualification to this season’s Champions League, beating Udinese over two legs, but don’t kid yourself – The Gunners remain ridden with inefficiencies. Arsene Wenger’s side drew their opening game at Newcastle United, before being on the end of a 2-0 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool. Arsenal were booed off at The Emirates, partly to do with recent fire sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. 

The Injury Front: United will be without Nemanja Vidic for at least another month with a calf injury, and Rafael Da Silva could face the next two months on the sidelines after an operation on his dislocated shoulder. Antonio Valencia is a doubt with a long term ankle injury, but Rio Ferdinand and Darren Fletcher have recovered from respective hamstring and stomach injuries. Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez is back and raring to go after his concussion scare. 
Squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Smalling, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra, Evans, Fabio, Nani, Park, Cleverley, Anderson, Carrick, Fletcher, Giggs, Young, Rooney, Berbatov, Welbeck, Diouf, Owen, Macheda.
Arsenal have even more problems, with midfielder Jack Wilshere ruled-out through an ankle injury, and Alex Song, Gervinho and Emmanuel Frimpong all suspended by The FA. Nicklas Bendtner, Sebastien Squillaci, Kieran Gibbs and Abou Diaby are all long term injury concerns. Key defender Thomas Vermaelen is likely to make a return, while defensive partner Laurent Koscielny has been passed fit by The Gunner’s medical staff. 
Squad: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Djourou, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Sagna, Walcott, Arshavin, Rosicky, Ramsey, Traore, Van Persie, Lansbury, Fabianski, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh, Miquel, Miyaichi.
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The Gaffer: Arsene Wenger may have managed to get Arsenal qualified for the European Cup 14 years running, but his current 6-season trophy drought is becoming increasingly worrying for all involved with the London club. And after losing Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, the future looks bleak. Spend, spend, spend !

Most-Feared: Aaron Ramsey lead Arsenal to a 1-0 victory over United at The Emirates late last season, and United’s defence will have to cope with the talented midfielder. He has been hailed as the best footballer to come from Wales since the great Ryan Giggs, and he is living up to his name in the Premier League already. 

The Ref: Howard Webb was awarded an MBE by The Queen for his services Britain after refereeing both the Champions League and World Cup Finals in recent years. The 40-year-old official is regularly handed big fixtures in the League, and dishes out almost 4 yellow cards on average per game. Tough. 

United Latest‘s Prediction: United 3-0 Arsenal
– Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez & Ji-Sung Park ?

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MUFC Forever

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 1:32:39 am

Great Preview. Can you do me a favor and follow @TeamReeceBrown on twitter. He’s trying to make it the biggest Reece Brown fanpage. Thanks again + good luck to United against Arsenal


Beshoy Habib

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 2:44:55 am

Great report but I think Man utd. are going to thrash arsenal 6-0 Welbeck (3) , Nani, Young & Rooney(or Chicharito)



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 3:17:40 am

i wish habib but i had united down for 3-0 aswell rooney to get 2 he always scores vs arsenal



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 3:18:55 am

Just give me the 3 points by any score line


Bill McNeal

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 4:00:48 am

And I thought my prediction of 4-0 was a bit far-fetched… 6-0! Sweet Jesus!



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 5:00:39 am

PATHETIC ARSENAL….they wud be lucky dicks to even salvage a point at Old Trafford!!! United to cruise to a routine 4-0 thrashing of the gunners



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 6:44:46 am

3-0 united Romney with two and Chicharito. Iceman is that your name because all the man protein on your face?



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 7:41:48 am

Hey iceman remember 2001 yorke. Hatrick 6-1 ha ha


Damon Salvatore

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 7:45:53 am

3-0…..one defender+ rooney n nani/ Young scores. Gonna be quite tough though….don’t forget…their last win in premier league was against us


Sean 123

Sun, 28 Aug 2011 8:08:14 am

Sneijder is coming people



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 8:43:10 am

I still remember 6-1 against d les miserables hehe
Tat was by far a better team compare 2 now !



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 12:36:05 pm

1-0 would do me 🙂



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 1:24:31 pm

3-1 Come on,De Gea is allowed to make “A” mistake…



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 1:31:29 pm

2 0 peepz i fink they will give us a good game its no walk in the park but i fink weel be too much for them in the end and will win confatbly 2 0..and as for sean 123 shut the fuk up man ur borin



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 1:34:22 pm

When is that then sean123????



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 1:40:02 pm

I hope we win it’s more than enough



Sun, 28 Aug 2011 5:55:41 pm

Lol iceman … It’s not 6-0 , it’s 8-2!!!!


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