Not too long ago, a Manchester United vs. Arsenal match often decided the Premier League title. Now, though, both lie in the bottom half of the table in desperate need of three points. As good as Manchester United have performed so far in the Champions League, they’ve been equally unconvincing in domestic play. Albeit with a match in hand on most of the rest. Fifteenth place is still shocking, though. The Reds need to get moving up the table — and quickly.
“They are still two huge clubs, but they’re not teams that are fighting for the title and have both fallen down the pecking order when it comes to signing the best players.
(2) Manchester United soundly defeated RB Leipzig 5-0 on Tuesday night, pouring it on with a late blitz of goals. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sprang a bit of a surprise on his German guests, eschewing the expected back three for a midfield diamond with Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek awarded rare starts. RB Leipzig huffed and puffed, but the Reds soaked up the pressure and carved ‘em up on the counter. There’s no doubt this side plays best when faced with opposition determined to push forward and attack. That bodes well for this weekend against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.
“Arsenal were always going head-to-head with Manchester United for league titles, and that is where the intensity stemmed from and where they have both fell off in recent years, the game has lost its edge.
United will try to come back to winning ways by focusing on their Champions League results, where they last recorded an impressive and unexpected 5-0 against German powerhouses Leipzig at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men had previously managed to upset PSG in Paris (1-2) with Marcus Rahford being again the executioner of the French outfit.
“It must be said that the rivalry is not what it was, but it is still a huge game which the players should be able to motivate themselves for.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal are living a similar situation: they excel in the Europa League (beating Rapid Viena and hammering Dundalk) but show poor performances in the domestic competition. The London squad lost to Leicester City at home last week (0-1), while previously they had also been beaten by Manchester City (1-0). If you are in the US you can tune in on Peacock.
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Reigning Premier League champions Liverpool will host West Ham United, against whom the Reds haven’t lost in the last eight meetings.
In the last match, Jurgen Klopp’s men registered a fine 2-0 win against Midtjylland in the UEFA Champions League with goals from Mohamed Salah and newly-signed Diogo Jota.
However, their centre-back Virgil van Dijk is potentially out for the season after picking up a cruciate ligament injury.