Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal will face each other once again on Sunday, as both sides will want to take back all three points at Old Trafford. The Gunners will want to recover from their 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League, while Louis van Gaal’s side will want to continue winning after their superb 5-1 triumph in the Europa League over Danish side Midtjylland. The fierce rivalry between the two sides is surely something to watch out for, as it should once again be an intense battle in Manchester.
Both sides have been good this season at times, but injuries has curbed their progress. The Red Devils’ boss will hope that some of his players can be fit in time to face the north London side. Arsenal have failed to win a game at “The Theater of Dreams” in their last eight matches there, with two draws and six losses, which would give the home side a lot of confidence. Further, the support of the fans behind them could also make a lot of difference in determining who wins the tie.
Here is what Van Gaal had to say prior to this huge clash in the league:
“I have seen the dressing room never like this on Thursday. Not only the players who played, not only the bench, but also the players who are injured.”
“They were all there and they were all laughing and talking with each other and were happy.”
“Normally I would expect this to give a lot of confidence but we have to play against one of the best teams in the Premier League, I have said that already a lot of times.”
Talking about the tie, “It’s a challenge on Sunday, more than a challenge, because we have to play within two days [of the Midtjylland win] and that’s also difficult, but I think the recovery shall go better than ever.”
Giving an injury update on some of his players he added, “[Martial’s injury] is not so heavy as everybody thinks, but you never know. Rashford will be an option if he is recovered. I don’t know if he will, because it was his first game, so it’s not so easy.”
“Also Valencia is coming back, Fellaini is coming back, and in the month of March a lot of players are coming back and then we’ll have a strong selection again. Therefore, this match is very important for a lot of players.”
“Marcos Rojo shall not play, coming off the bench maybe, but I cannot risk him. I am a long-term coach.”