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Arsenal vs Manchester United – The starting XI

by Tom Newbold

Strong line-ups can be expected for Manchester United’s next two games, baring in mind their potential significance on other league placings. The game on Sunday against Arsenal will be a tough encounter with the Gunners looking to cement Champions League qualification.


David de Gea  De Gea’s fantastic form helped United to the league title, and he is likely to start at least one or two more games this season.

Phil Jones High praise for Jones from Sir Alex Ferguson on Monday night means selection is in the offing to continue his high confidence. A rest for Rafael may be timely.

Rio Ferdinand Centre-back is a tricky position to predict with so many options, but experience could be the key against Arsenal.

Nemanja Vidic If Vidic has fully recovered from an injury, the Serbian captain will be set to come back in.

Patrice Evra Evra has played the most amount of minutes for United in the league this season, and will not be keen to relinquish his starting berth just yet.

Antonio Valencia Valencia has shown signs of improved form lately, so is in line for selection against Arsenal.

Michael Carrick Carrick will be looking to demonstrate his ability after praise from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Wayne Rooney Three games in a row in midfield for Rooney suggest another there against Arsenal.

Danny Welbeck The hard-working Welbeck could be chosen to track advancing runs of Bacary Sagna whilst also probing on the counter-attack.

Shinji Kagawa The Japanese playmaker is in good form and in line for a first start in the Premier League against Arsenal.

Robin van Persie Van Persie can expect to return to a hostile atmosphere, but his confidence will be sky high after his hat-trick on Monday


A 4-2-3-1 is most likely, with Rooney further back in central midfield, Kagawa off Van Persie, and Welbeck left. Versatility in this line-up is evident however, and should the need arise then Valencia may switch to right-back and Jones into central midfield to form a three. If this happens then Rooney may well move out of central midfield into a more advanced central or wide position.

The likes of Scholes, Hernandez, Cleverley, Smalling and Nani can all expect an appearance or two before the end of the season, but Ferguson will no doubt be selecting his strongest line-ups in order to create a challenge for Arsenal and Chelsea in the next two games.

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