Premier League: Arsenal vs. Manchester United
Manchester United face Arsenal at Old Trafford this afternoon. After a distressing defeat against Burnley at Turf Moor, the Red Devils responded with class in a 5-0 thumping of Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Although the new season of the Barclays Premier League has just begun, this match will be massive for both clubs. For the Gunners, they are off to a great start and will want to legitimize said beginning by knocking off the champs on their territory. Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad however will want to continue to silence the pessimists of their slow start and get their title push back on track.
The United boss has warned his players they cannot afford to lose against Arsenal.
“We lost against Burnley and we no longer are aces up its sleeve,” Ferguson said on Friday. We have to beat Arsenal and retrieve it as the way we lost.”
The Gunners have won five times at Old Trafford in the last 30 years – all by a 1-0 scoreline. Unfortunately, the team will be without one of the main figures— Cesc Fabregas.
The 22-year-old Spanish midfielder will join Fabianski, Walcott, Nasri and Djourou in the injury list.
Game time is 5:15 p.m. BST (12:15 p.m. ET).
UPDATE: Arsenal’s Abou Diaby headed into his own goal to gift the Red Devils a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford. The French midfielder headed a Ryan Giggs free-kick into his own net on 64 minutes after Wayne Rooney’s penalty had drawn United level following Andriy Arshavin’s first-half opener.
The Gunners thought they had made it 2-2 in the fifth minute of stoppage time but Robin van Persie’s shot was ruled out because William Gallas was adjudged to be offside.