Manchester United welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford on Sunday for the final high profile match of the Premier League season for Jose Mourinho’s side as they close in on a second place finish.
Jose Mourinho’s side are currently sat four points in front of Liverpool with a game in hand but could only be one ahead by kick-off if they expectedly defeat Stoke City at Anfield on Saturday.
Arsene Wenger is expected to make changes to his side ahead of the second leg of their crucial UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid coming up on Thursday.
United should rock a strong line-up though, eight days after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the Emirates FA Cup semi-finals, and so here are three players that should certainly start on the field.
Chris Smalling hasn’t had the best of seasons at Manchester United this term, there’s no denying that, but he has completely turned on the style in United’s recent run of terrific results against bigger sides, as well as contributing to goals.
Over the past two months, United have successfully defeated Chelsea, Liverpool and champions Manchester City in the Premier League, and obviously Spurs last weekend; Smalling featured in all of those games and stepped up as an authoritative figure at the back.
He’s also bagged goals in the last three away games against AFC Bournemouth, City and Crystal Palace – the goal at the Etihad Stadium, of course, winning the match by completing a comeback from 2-0 down.
Ander Herrera has been fantastic since being reinstated into the team as part of a midfield three with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic – with the humiliating defeat to West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford an exception here.
After starting the last four Premier League games, Herrera is expected to continue that run against Arsenal on Sunday and will be in high spirits after netting the winner in last weekend’s FA Cup Semi-Final to highlight a phenomenal midfield performance.
He truly is showing signs of his 2016-17 Player of the Season self at the minute and it’d be silly to drop him now to play a midfield pivot – don’t change what isn’t broken!
Manchester United would love nothing more on Sunday than Alexis Sanchez scoring a goal against such fierce rivals as Arsenal, similarly to Robin van Persie’s stunning headed winner in the 2012-13, just months after he was sold to United by Arsene Wenger.
Not just that merits a start though. His tireless display and the brilliant equaliser against Spurs won him the Man of the Match award at Wembley and he seems to be finally starting to gel in with his new teammates, which is a terrific sign for next term, but also Sunday.