By Andy Hyslop
- Carrick available after missing through injury against Wolfsburg
- United looking to build on four straight wins
Venue: Emirates Stadium Date and Kick-Off: Sunday 4 October 4:00pm
Manchester United will head to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday looking to either return to the top of the table or extend their lead; depending on Manchester City result against Newcastle this afternoon.
United go into this game on the back of four straight wins in all competitions after wins over Southampton, Ipswich, Sunderland and Wolfsburg. United have bounced back after the disappointment of the defeat to PSV in their Champions League opener. And of course the horrific injury to Luke Shaw.
Before all this weekends games, Arsenal lie in fourth place; just three points behind United despite having already lost two games in the league this season. Wenger is under severe pressure despite a decent start to the league season. Having lost their two opening games in the Champions League against two of the weakest teams in the competition.
United go into this game with several injuries. Rojo looks set to be absent once more after going off with a hamstring strain in the win at Southampton. Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera both missed out on Wednesday due to minor knocks. Van Gaal told MUTV that Carrick is fit and available for this game, while Herrera looks set to face a late fitness test.
Phil Jones will be pushing for a start after substitute appearances against Ipswich and Wolfsburg. With the injuries to Shaw and Rojo, United are struggling in the left-back position. The last two games has seen Darmian switch over to the left, with Valencia and Young filling in at right-back.
With Jones return to fitness, Van Gaal could revert Darmian back to right-back. With Blind filling in at left-back and Jones and Smalling resuming their partnership in the centre of the defence.
Arsenal are missing six players who may have been pushing for a start in this game. They have long-term absentees in Wilshere, Rosicky and Welbeck. They also look set to have Flamini and Arteta missing from the midfield area. While centre-back Koscielny missing after he was forced off with a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s defeat to Olympiacos.
The major talking point around Arsenal’s team selection will be whether Cech returns between the sticks, after once again being rested for the Champions League. The other decision that Wenger will have to make is who starting up top. With he opt for Walcott or Giroud.
Predicted Manchester United Starting XI: