New Manchester United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick will be in the stands for the Premier League home game against Arsenal (caretaker Michael Carrick will be sidelined), but will make his life easy much more if the Red Devils can beat direct competition for a place in the Premier League’s top four, which would guarantee a Champions League spot at the end of the season.
After receiving the work permit, Rangnick will officially start on Sunday, December 5 in the match against Crystal Palace. But it will ease the pressure if Man United (10th, 18th) can shorten the gap with 5th ranked team Arsenal (23 points) to only two points. They went in opposite directions towards the end of the game with Arsenal winning seven of their last 10 Premier League games, while Man United had just one win in their last eight.
Any positive result will buy time for the new 63-year-old German coach of the Red Devils, who will no doubt need it to implement a “rock-and-roll” football philosophy based on coordinated, pressing play. high amtitude. A similar victory for Arsenal would prove a major boost to the Gunners’ rebuilding led by coach Mikel Arteta.
With Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City having risen significantly to the top of the Premier League table, that leaves only fourth place for the other top clubs vying for next season’s Champions League spot. Arsenal and Manchester United, both contenders for that berth, will have plenty of competition from the others, and any head-to-head encounters carry extra meaning.
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Manchester United vs. Arsenal
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12:30 pm: The deposit for tonight is captured in a single image:
Manchester United squad vs. Arsenal
Captain Harry Maguire will be available after a one-match suspension, although centre-back Raphael Varane is not yet ready to return. The main man in defence, left-back Luke Shaw, remains a doubt after suffering a head injury three games ago. Paul Pogba is absent due to a long-term injury.
Manchester United’s expected starting line-up (4-3-3, left to right): 1-David de Gea-GK – 27-Alex Telles, 5-Harry Maguire, 2-Victor Lindelof, 29-Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 17-Fred, 39-Scott McTominay, 34-Donny van de Beek – 10-Marcus Rashford , 7-Cristiano Ronaldo, 25-Jadon Sancho
Manchester United’s expected team (9): 26-Dean Henderson-GK, 20-Diogo Dalot, 3-Eric Bailly, 14-Jesse Lingard, 31-Nemanja Matic, 8-Juan Mata, 18-Bruno Fernandes, 11-Mason Greenwood, 9-Anthony Martial
The only real injury concern for the Gunners is right winger Bukayo Saka, who was forced to feature in last weekend’s win over Newcastle. Many reports suggest that he will undergo a late fitness test. Granit Xhaka (knee) and Sead Kolasinac (ankle) are the players absent due to long-term injuries.
Expected Arsenal starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 32-Aaron Ramsdale-GK – 20-Nuno Tavares, 6-Gabriel, 4-Ben White, 18-Takehiro Tomiyasu – 5-Thomas Partey, 23-Albert Sambi Lokonga – 10-Emile Smith Rowe, 8-Martin Odegaard, 7- Bukayo Saka – 14-Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Arsenal’s Expectations (9): 1-Bernd Leno-GK, 3-Kieran Tierney, 16-Rob Holding, 17-Cedric Soares, 25-Mohamed Elneny, 15-Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 9-Alexandre Lacazette, 19-Nicholas Pepe, 35-Gabriel Martinelli
How to watch Manchester United vs. Arsenal
- Day: Thursday, December 2
- Time: 3:15 p.m. ET
- Channel: Not available
- Streaming online: Peacock
The match is US-only on NBC’s Peacock streaming platform.
In Canada, the Premier League is only available, live and on demand, on DAZN. And DAZN offers new customers a 30-day free trial.