In what is easily the game of the season, Manchester United travel to a depleted Arsenal side in a game that can decide the top-4 spots in the competition. United and Arsenal are placed 5th and 6th respectively in the points table and are no closer to moving into the top-4. Both teams are probably fighting for one of the two available places and this game could go a long way in deciding who.
While Arsenal are fresh from a defeat at the White Hart Lane, Manchester United were held by a relegation-threatened Swansea and both teams are not too high on confidence going into this game. United will are however, now unbeaten in their last 24 league games and here is the predicted lineup for the Red Devils that Jose Mourinho might field, looking for a victory against his arch rival Arsene Wenger:
Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all not expected to play anymore this season. Marouane Fellaini remains suspended while Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young, who picked up knocks recently, are expected to be back in action got this game.
Expected lineup (4-3-3):
Though missed the last game, Spanish shot-stopper David de Gea should replace Sergio Romero, now that he is back to full fitness. While Antonio Valencia was also rested, he should be back into action in this game and should start at right-back for United.
Eric Bailly remains one of the most reliable defenders for Mourinho and he should start alongside Chris Smalling who is just back from an injury. Italian star Matteo Darmian is expected to start as a left-back for United against Arsenal.
The Red Devils have used a three-man midfield regularly this season. Mourinho should stick with it and use English midfielder Michael Carrick as the deepest of the midfielders.
French sensation Paul Pogba and Spanish workhorse Ander Herrera should play just ahead of Carrick in this crunch tie.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic out for the rest of the season, Manchester United are a bit short of attacking options. They used Marcus Rashford for the Europa League tie and that might see French striker Anthony Martial lead the attack for his side. On the night.
Skipper Wayne Rooney may also have a role to play but young Jesse Lingard and playmaker Juan Mata, who is just back from an injury should play in the hole behind Martial on either flank.
Here is how they would line up: