Man Utd MUN Fernandes (44'), Ronaldo (52', Pen 70')
3-2 FT
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Premier League Gameweek 14
Dec 2, 2021 KO: 20:15

Man Utd - Arsenal

Old Trafford Manchester
Referee: Martin Atkinson
  13' Smith Rowe
Fernandes 44'  
Ronaldo 52'  
  54' Odegaard
Ronaldo (Pen) 70'  

Match preview

How Man Utd and Arsenal could line up in the Premier League

The Ralf Rangnick era starts at Manchester United on Thursday, even if he won't actually be in the dugout...

The Ralf Rangnick era will begin at Manchester United this week when the Red Devils face Arsenal in a huge Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Unfortunately for Man Utd and for Rangnick, the German will not actually be in attendance in the dugout for the match as the club are still progressing his work visa.

Due to new regulations following Brexit, the process to gain a work visa in the United Kingdom takes more time than before.

Michael Carrick will again be in charge, though Rangnick will likely pick the team.

For Man Utd, David de Gea will start in behind a likely back four of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Alex Telles.

Maguire returns from the suspension that saw him miss the draw against Chelsea, but there are still slight concerns over Luke Shaw following a concussion.

Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Raphael Varane remain definite absentees.

Rangnick and Carrick may opt for a 4-3-3 so Bruno Fernandes may drop deeper into midfield alongside Fred and Scott McTominay.

Cristiano Ronaldo will more than likely be recalled after dropping out of the starting XI against Chelsea, making up a front three alongside Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.

Nemanja Matic may lose his place after United went ultra-defensive away at Stamford Bridge.

For Arsenal, they are sweating over the fitness of Bukayo Saka after he picked up a slight groin injury. Mikel Arteta confirmed on Wednesday that the club will assess him in training to see if he can start against Man Utd, though it is looking unlikely at the moment.

That could mean a start for Gabriel Martinelli.

Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac are definitely out.

Aaron Ramsdale will start in goal, with Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Gabriel and Kieran Tierney making up the defence, with the Scot replacing Nuno Tavares.

Albert Sambi Lokonga and Thomas Partey will again feature in midfield as Arteta does not have a lot of options in this area.

With Saka a doubt, Martinelli could play on the left with Emile Smith Rowe on the right and Martin Odegaard in the number 10 role.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead the line.

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Match statistics

Man Utd
Statistics
Arsenal
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
8
14
Draws
4
2
Losses
8
4
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
32
35
Goals Per Game
1.60
1.75
More > 2.5 Goals
11
9
More > 3 Goals
7
8
Scored First in a Match
10
15
Scored Both Halves
6
6
Won More > 1 Goal
4
10
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
31
19
Did Not Score
4
5
Both Teams Scored
13
5
Kept Clean Sheet
3
11
Won Without Conceding
3
10
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
941
690
Possession
60
55
Passes
691
522
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
14
14
Shots on Target
4.90
5.00
Goals out of Shots
0.15
0.14
Crosses
29
18
Offsides
2.56
2.39
Penalties
0.00
0.05
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.15
0.55
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
20
23
Interceptions
17
8.75
Own Goals
0.10
0.00
Aerials Won
20
11
Total Shots Conceded
14
13
Shots on Target Conceded
4.74
4.37
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.07
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
9.85
8.30
Yellow Cards
1.55
1.05
Red Cards
0.10
0.05

Injuries

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