In what is undoubtedly the standout fixture of this weekend’s Premier League action, two of England’s oldest enemies will meet when Manchester United welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford on Monday night.
While the Red Devils may have managed to just scrape past League One outfit Rochdale thanks to penalties in midweek, the mood in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s camp remains incredibly fragile.
On the flip side, while Arsenal may have left it late to come past Aston Villa with maximum points last weekend, Unai Emery’s men booked their spot in the fourth round of this year’s EFL Cup in some style.
Putting five past Nottingham Forest, fans in North London have seen their side enjoy a three-match winning run across all competitions and have found a route back into the top-four.
You might be interested to know that with the last six meetings between the two sides at Old Trafford seeing both teams find the net within 90 minutes, a similar high-scoring encounter can be found at 8/13 with Bet365.
Solskjaer’s injury headache
Just scrapping past Rochdale in midweek and also suffering a 2-0 defeat away at West Ham last weekend, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is quickly becoming a man under pressure.
Now on a remarkable run that has seen them win just a pair of their last 11 Premier League appearances, the former Champions appear someway off securing a lucrative top-four return come May.
Already sat 10 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool, United currently find themselves pencilled in as high as 15/8 with Bet365 to finish the year in the top-four.
With United so publically struggling at the start of the new top-flight campaign and showing a hangover from their sluggish end to last year, their Norweigan icon also has a growing injury headache on his hands.
Watching Marcus Rashford limp off at the London Stadium last weekend, the England international joins an injury list that also consists of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.
Drastically low on attacking options, Solskjaer looks likely to hand 17-year-old Mason Greenwood a first senior Premier League start.
Finding the net in his Europa League opener last week, the pacey forward has scored in back-to-back matchups and can be found at 17/10 with Ladbrokes to extend that run on Monday night.
A tale of two halves for Arsenal
Although they may have had to come from behind twice against Aston Villa in North London last weekend, Head Coach Unai Emery now finds his side enjoying a three-match winning run across all competitions.
Also opening their Europa League campaign with an empathic 3-0 win away at German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt last week, Arsenal now find themselves in pole position to end their three-year stay in Champions League exile.
The Gunners can be found at 10/11 with Bet365 to secure a top-four return come May, ahead of Manchester United and Chelsea.
Picking up a 2-0 victory the last time they met their old foe, Emery will be looking for leading marksman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to carry on his stellar start to the season.
Bagging the winner at the Emirates last time out, the Gabon international has now scored five goals in his last four Premier League appearances and can be found at 7/5 with William Hill to continue his purple patch at Old Trafford.
Although the Gunners might be showing some real strengths in the final third, there is no doubt that the former PSG boss will have some growing concerns over Arsenal’s continued defensive issues.
Monday’s guests have shipped two or more goals in each of their last four Premier League appearances on the bounce and have recorded just one domestic clean sheet in their last 11 attempts.