Manchester United vs Arsenal LIVE – What time does it start, TV channel, where can I watch it, prediction, odds
Manchester United will hope to end a run of three Premier League games without a win, but face an uphill challenge against an Arsenal side on a run of 19 matches unbeaten and buoyed by Sunday’s north London derby victory over Tottenham.
Jose Mourinho‘s side are facing a crucial moment in their season following their 2-2 draw with Southampton at the weekend, with reports of fall outs between the manager and certain players emerging along with a defensive injury crisis that is seriously impacting their hopes of finishing inside the top four.
Arsenal meanwhile have moved into the top four themselves after the 4-2 win over Spurs, and although they could be without Mesut Ozil due to a back injury, they appear to be in a good patch of form that could see them secure their first league win at Old Trafford in 12 years. Follow the live action below.
Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of tonight’s Premier League action, headlined by a mouth-watering clash at Old Trafford between rivals Manchester United and Arsenal.
The match is one of six Premier League games taking place today, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham also in action. Liverpool make the short trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley, while Chelsea are also on the road as they head to the Molineaux to face Wolves, and Tottenham host Southampton at Wembley Stadium just a few hours after the visitors announced Ralph Hasenhutl as their new manager.
The other two matches taking place this evening sees Everton host Newcastle at Goodison Park and Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri come up against the side who he guided to the Premier League title in Leicester City.
It’s been a season in which Manchester United have drabbed without distinction, and Jose Mourinho’s managerial mantra has been a cocktail of melancholy and cynicism. The latest verbal scythe from the Portuguese manager was aimed at Paul Pogba, describing the Frenchman as a “virus” who “kills the mentality of good honest people.”
How strange it will be then when Arsenal arrive at Old Trafford as the side in jovial spirits just months after Arsene Wenger’s polarising Arsenal reign came to an end. Even stranger, Arsenal will enter the game confident of securing all three points at a ground they’ve failed to win a league game at since 2006.
Fresh from a North London derby win and a 12 game unbeaten run in the league, Unai Emery has instilled a robustness in his side which has dragged them back into the top four. Lucas Torreira and Sokratis have strengthened the Gunners’ spine and the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-Alexandre Lacazette tandem has been deadly. They’ve shared the role of focal point to devastating effect with 16 goals between them.
United’s frontman will be looking on in envy; Romelu Lukaku’s goal against Southampton on Saturday was his first since mid-October. Any hopes of making a resurgent push for the top four will surely depend on the Belgian frontman rediscovering his talismanic touch. However, the problems run deeper than attacking exploits for United. Mourinho’s side have conceded 23 goals, just five short of their total for the whole of last season.
What time does it start?
Manchester United vs Arsenal kicks off at 8:00pm (GMT) on Wednesday 5 December.
Where can I watch it?
Manchester United vs Arsenal will be shown live on BT Sport 1 from 7:00pm.
Player to watch…
Lucas Torreira: He scored his first Arsenal goal against their bitter rivals on Sunday, but it’s been Torreira’s contribution in front of his defence that has proved so crucial for Arsenal. Tenacity off the ball and swift distribution on it, Torreira is what Arsenal have been thirsting for for years.
Manchester United: WWLDD
Manchester United: 7/5
(Odds provided by Betfair)